eth·​no·​bot·​a·​ny ˌeth-nō-ˈbä-tə-nē How to pronounce ethnobotany (audio)
: the plant lore of indigenous cultures
also : the systematic study of such lore
ethnobotanical adjective
ethnobotanist noun

Examples of ethnobotany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just as traditional Indigenous ethnobotany is leading to lifesaving drugs today, scientific testing of the ancient and medieval claims could lead to discoveries of new therapeutic plants. Adrienne Mayor, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2024 Rethink your relationship with plants in Altadena Get to know the greenery that grows in L.A. on an ecology walk with Paige Emery, an artist and herbalist whose work is informed by critical ecology, ethnobotany and ecopsychology. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 The Western garden and most of the ethnobotany areas handled the deluges well, with minimal damage. Wes Janssen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2023 What led you to include ethnobotany and botany in your artwork? San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 Maria studies ethnobotany—the relationship between people and plants—and has been working in the rainforests of Ecuador for more than 25 years, including projects on oil exploration in the Amazon and organic coffee production in the Galápagos. National Geographic, 29 Nov. 2019 At Brown's Sacramento office, bookshelves sag under the weight of volumes covering an array of topics a hundred miles wide: money, food, sports, Islam, ethnobotany. Katy Steinmetz, Time, 7 Sep. 2017 For the first time, classes in human anatomy, microbiology and ethnobotany will be offered this fall to attract more students interested in pursuing careers as dentists, pharmacists, and medical doctors. Eric Stirgus, ajc, 14 Aug. 2017 Activities will resume with face painting, music, raffles, refreshments, bog walks and talks about mammals, birds, rare plants and ethnobotany. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethnobotany was in 1890

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“Ethnobotany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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