[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 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.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

  • 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.


    Edith A. Browne

British Dictionary definitions for botanically




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 botanically



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

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