paleobotany

noun
pa·​leo·​bot·​a·​ny | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-ˈbä-tə-nē How to pronounce paleobotany (audio) , -ˈbät-nē \

Definition of paleobotany

: a branch of botany dealing with fossil plants

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Other Words from paleobotany

paleobotanical \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bə-​ˈta-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce paleobotanical (audio) \ or less commonly paleobotanic \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bə-​ˈta-​nik How to pronounce paleobotanic (audio) \ adjective
paleobotanically \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bə-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paleobotanically (audio) \ adverb
paleobotanist \ -​ˈbä-​tə-​nist How to pronounce paleobotanist (audio) , -​ˈbät-​nist \ noun

Examples of paleobotany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This area has an intrinsically variable climate that alternates between flooding and drought, explains Scott Wing, research geologist and curator of paleobotany at the National Museum of Natural History. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Goats Really Love to Jump and More Questions From Our Readers," 23 Aug. 2019 Investigators of the Great Maya Aquifer Project see the (re)discovery of Balamku as a chance to implement a totally new model of cave archaeology, one that employs cutting-edge technology and specialized fields such as 3-D mapping and paleobotany. Gena Steffens, National Geographic, "Maya ritual cave ‘untouched’ for 1,000 years stuns archaeologists," 4 Mar. 2019 The institute once focused exclusively on paleobotany. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "India’s paleontologists fight destruction of its fossil riches," 4 Apr. 2018 There's Park University biology professor Patricia Ryberg, who studies the anatomy and morphology of paleobotany, or fossilized plants. Danny Uhlmann, National Geographic, "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paleobotany

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paleobotany

International Scientific Vocabulary

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The first known use of paleobotany was in 1872

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“Paleobotany.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paleobotany. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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