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[buh-tan-i-kuh l] /bəˈtæn ɪ kəl/
Also, botanic. of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants:
botanical survey; botanical drugs.
Pharmacology. a drug made from part of a plant, as from roots, leaves, bark, or berries.
Origin of botanical
1650-60; botanic (< Medieval Latin botanicus < Greek botanikós of plants, equivalent to botán(ē) herb + -ikos -ic) + -al1
Related forms
botanically, adverb
nonbotanic, adjective
nonbotanical, adjective
nonbotanically, adverb
unbotanical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for botanic
Contemporary Examples
  • We hired a guy called Patrick Cullina, who was at the Brooklyn botanic Garden, to run the horticulture and operations of the park.

    Summer Lovers Matthew Dakotah September 19, 2009
Historical Examples
  • “There's the botanic garden at the University,” I suggested.


    Christopher Morley
  • He was to enclose the park for our deer, as well as the grounds for the botanic garden.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • Here we will leave the poetical part of the 'botanic Garden.'

    Evolution, Old & New Samuel Butler
  • Some of the seeds were sown in the botanic Garden of Madrid, but without result.

  • He planned the first botanic garden in the country, donating it to the university.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Linnus was ready to leave and paid a farewell visit to the botanic gardens.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • It was in an ordinary shrubbery, forming a belt round a botanic garden.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
  • Then there are the botanic Gardens, which are also a pleasure-resort.

  • Mr. Rand, who had the care of the botanic Garden, rendered her every assistance in his power.

    Chelsea George Bryan
British Dictionary definitions for botanic


of or relating to botany or plants
any drug or pesticide that is made from parts of a plant
Derived Forms
botanically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin botanicus, from Greek botanikos relating to plants, from botanē plant, pasture, from boskein to feed; perhaps related to Latin bōs ox, cow
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Word Origin and History for botanic

1650s, from French botanique (17c.) or directly from Medieval Latin botanicus, from Greek botanikos "of herbs," from botane "a plant, grass, pasture, fodder." The Greek words seems to have more to do with pasturage than plants; cf. related botamia "pastures, meadows," boter "herdsman," boton "grazing beast."



1650s, from botanic + -al. Related: Botanically.

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