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[bot-n-ist] /ˈbɒt n ɪst/
a specialist in botany.
Origin of botanist
1675-85; botan(ism) botany (< Greek botanismós, equivalent to botán(ē) plant + -ismos -ism) + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What a paradise this would be for the botanist in spring, or for the portrait painter!

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • He is a man of wisdom and a botanist to boot—or do I mean withal?

  • The botanist tapped the arm of his chair with definite, meditative taps.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • And yet does not the botanist like to study the flower in the soil where it grows?


    Christopher Morley
  • As a boy the future botanist developed an astonishing faculty of climbing.

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • I have said that Milton has told us more in these few lines than any botanist could.

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
  • The only botanist who has fairly described it has given it the name of pinus monophyllus.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • Of course the botanist made no objection, and Caspar was delighted with the idea.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
Word Origin and History for botanist

1680s; see botany + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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