[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

Related Words for botanical

floral, agricultural, horticultural, botanic

Examples from the Web for botanical

Contemporary Examples of botanical

  • In his twenties, he began to study art and music in Simpson College, and gained notice for his drawings of botanical experiments.

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    Growth Stocks

    The Daily Beast

    October 17, 2014

  • One of their regular haunts was the Botanical Gardens, just outside Hamilton.

  • The G-20 leaders had a working dinner at the Pittsburgh Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Thursday night.

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    The G-20 Bonus Madness

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    September 25, 2009

Historical Examples of botanical

British Dictionary definitions for botanical




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 botanical

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper