[buh-tan-i-kuh l]


Also bo·tan·ic. 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 formsbo·tan·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·bo·tan·ic, adjectivenon·bo·tan·i·cal, adjectivenon·bo·tan·i·cal·ly, adverbun·bo·tan·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for botanic

Contemporary Examples of botanic

  • We hired a guy called Patrick Cullina, who was at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to run the horticulture and operations of the park.

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    Matthew Dakotah

    September 19, 2009

Historical Examples of botanic

  • “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.'

  • Some of the seeds were sown in the Botanic Garden of Madrid, but without result.

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


    Victor Nilsson

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 Formsbotanically, adverb

Word Origin for botanical

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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