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; botanicRelated 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
(< Medieval Latin botanicus
< Greek botanikós
of plants, equivalent to botán(ē
) herb + -ikos -ic
) + -al1
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Examples from the Web for botanically
Historical Examples of botanically
Of which things you will find it good to consider also otherwise than botanically.
They are all, botanically speaking, edible or poisonous fungi.
The uses of the wood are similar to that of tulip with which it is botanically related.
They surveyed the world, botanically speaking, from China to Peru.
The native rubber-tree of Brazil, botanically known as Hevea brasiliensis, yields the finest quality rubber.
British Dictionary definitions for botanically
of or relating to botany or plants
Derived Formsbotanically, adverb
any drug or pesticide that is made from parts of a plant
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 botanically
1650s, from botanic + -al. Related: Botanically.
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