botany [bot-n-ee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for botany on noun, plural bot·a·nies.

  1. the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
  2. the plant life of a region: the botany of Alaska.
  3. the biology of a plant or plant group: the botany of deciduous trees.
  4. (sometimes initial capital letter) Botany wool.

Origin of botany 1690–1700; botan(ic) (see botanical) + -y3 Related Words for botany horticulture, ecology, anatomy, cytology, phytology, pomology, taxonomy, morphology, genetics, pathology, physiology, dendrology, floristics, phytogeography Examples from the Web for botany Contemporary Examples of botany

  • The Garden of Cyrus, with its arcane explorations of botany and geometry, may as well be an alchemical treatise or a grimoire.

    Halloween Read: Thomas Browne’s Eerie Premonition of His Burial

    Stefan Beck

    October 30, 2012

  • And she has amassed a world-class 10,000-volume library devoted to botany through the ages.

    John Edwards’ Sugar Mama

    Lloyd Grove

    January 29, 2010

  • Historical Examples of botany

  • Fortunately, the botany of the grape is comparatively simple.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Naturally it is ignorant of botany, and knows nothing of cuttings.

    The Industries of Animals

    Frdric Houssay

  • That is idealising the study of botany in a most delicious way.

    Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland

    Daniel Turner Holmes

  • A young lady, I will imagine, wishes to introduce the study of Botany into her school.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • He is soon to marry a lady who lectures on Botany in Oxford.

    Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884.


  • British Dictionary definitions for botany botany noun plural -nies

    1. the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
    2. the plant life of a particular region or time
    3. the biological characteristics of a particular group of plants

    Derived Formsbotanist, nounWord Origin for botany C17: from botanical; compare astronomy, astronomical Word Origin and History for botany n.

    1690s, from botanic. The -y is from astronomy, etc. Botany Bay so called by Capt. Cook on account of the great variety of plants found there.

    botany in Science botany [bŏt′n-ē]

    1. The scientific study of plants, including their growth, structure, physiology, reproduction, and pathology, as well as their economic use and cultivation by humans.
    2. The plant life of a particular area.

    botany in Culture botany

    The scientific study and categorization of plants. (See fruit, photosynthesis, and plant kingdom.)

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