- the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
- the plant life of a region: the botany of Alaska.
- the biology of a plant or plant group: the botany of deciduous trees.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) Botany wool.
Origin of botany
Examples from the Web for 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
October 30, 2012
And she has amassed a world-class 10,000-volume library devoted to botany through the ages.John Edwards' Sugar Mama
January 29, 2010
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
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
He is soon to marry a lady who lectures on Botany in Oxford.
- the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
- the plant life of a particular region or time
- the biological characteristics of a particular group of plants
Word Origin and History for botany
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.
- The scientific study of plants, including their growth, structure, physiology, reproduction, and pathology, as well as their economic use and cultivation by humans.
- The plant life of a particular area.