eth·​no·​bot·​a·​ny | \ ˌeth-nō-ˈbä-tə-nē How to pronounce ethnobotany (audio) , -ˈbät-nē \

Definition of ethnobotany

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

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Other Words from ethnobotany

ethnobotanical \ ˌeth-​nō-​bə-​ˈta-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce ethnobotanical (audio) \ adjective
ethnobotanist \ ˌeth-​nō-​ˈbä-​tə-​nist How to pronounce ethnobotanist (audio) , -​ˈbät-​nist \ noun

Examples of ethnobotany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Maria Fadiman," 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, "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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“Ethnobotany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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