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verb (used without object), bot·a·nized, bot·a·niz·ing.
  1. to study plants or plant life.
  2. to collect plants for scientific study.
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verb (used with object), bot·a·nized, bot·a·niz·ing.
  1. to explore botanically; study the plant life of.
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Also especially British, bot·a·nise.

Origin of botanize

1760–70; < New Latin botanizāre < Greek botanízein to gather plants. See botanist, -ize
Related formsbot·a·niz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for botanize

Historical Examples

  • Of course no woman stops to botanize when the object is to get there.

    The Joys of Being a Woman

    Winifred Kirkland

  • And when we go down into the canton of Les Grisons, we will botanize.

  • On the narrow lake we found a small boat, in which Mr. Moser pushed about to botanize.

  • I had gone one morning at daybreak, with two assistants, into the adjacent wooded hills to botanize.


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

  • How glad dear papa would have been to come and stay with us, and botanize and geologize amongst your rocks there!


    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

British Dictionary definitions for botanize



  1. (intr) to collect or study plants
  2. (tr) to explore and study the plants in (an area or region)
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