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botany

[bot-n-ee]
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noun, plural bot·a·nies.
  1. the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
  2. the plant life of a region: the botany of Alaska.
  3. the biology of a plant or plant group: the botany of deciduous trees.
  4. (sometimes initial capital letter) Botany wool.
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Origin of botany

1690–1700; botan(ic) (see botanical) + -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for botany

botany

noun plural -nies
  1. the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
  2. the plant life of a particular region or time
  3. the biological characteristics of a particular group of plants
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Derived Formsbotanist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from botanical; compare astronomy, astronomical
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Word Origin and History for botany

n.

1690s, from botanic. The -y is from astronomy, etc. Botany Bay so called by Capt. Cook on account of the great variety of plants found there.

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botany in Science

botany

[bŏtn-ē]
  1. The scientific study of plants, including their growth, structure, physiology, reproduction, and pathology, as well as their economic use and cultivation by humans.
  2. The plant life of a particular area.
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botany in Culture

botany

The scientific study and categorization of plants. (See fruit, photosynthesis, and plant kingdom.)

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