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[buh-tan-i-kuh l]
  1. Also bo·tan·ic. of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants: botanical survey; botanical drugs.
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  1. Pharmacology. a drug made from part of a plant, as from roots, leaves, bark, or berries.
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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
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Historical Examples of botanically

  • Of which things you will find it good to consider also otherwise than botanically.

    Proserpina, Volume 1

    John Ruskin

  • 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



  1. of or relating to botany or plants
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  1. any drug or pesticide that is made from parts of a plant
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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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