a specialist in botany.

Origin of botanist

1675–85; botan(ism) botany (< Greek botanismós, equivalent to botán(ē) plant + -ismos -ism) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for botanist

Contemporary Examples of botanist

  • The renowned 20th-century American botanist Luther Burbank first made a name for himself when he invented the Burbank potato.

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    The Secrets of Hybrid Fruit

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    January 22, 2010

  • In “Inverness,” a botanist finds something like faith through an encounter with an obsessed Loch Ness Monster hunter.

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    December 25, 2009

Historical Examples of botanist

Word Origin and History for botanist

1680s; see botany + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper