eth·​no·​bot·​a·​ny | \ˌeth-nō-ˈbä-tə-nē, -ˈbät-nē\

Definition of ethnobotany 

: the plant lore of indigenous cultures also : the systematic study of such lore

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ethnobotanical \ ˌeth-​nō-​bə-​ˈta-​ni-​kəl \ adjective
ethnobotanist \ ˌeth-​nō-​ˈbä-​tə-​nist , -​ˈbät-​nist \ noun

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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, "The Philosopher King," 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, "What’s new on Georgia’s college campuses?," 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, "Cedarburg Bog is a rare habitat for southeastern Wisconsin," 7 July 2017 Evan (Brionne Davis), an American biologist considered the father of modern ethnobotany, the film imagines their parallel journeys, decades apart, seeking the yakruna, a sacred healing plant. Stephen Holden, New York Times, "Movie Review: ‘Embrace of the Serpent’," 16 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of ethnobotany

1890, in the meaning defined above

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