a bay on the SE coast of Australia, near Sydney: site of early British penal colony.
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Examples from the Web for botany bay
At eight A. M. of the 20th, we anchored with the whole of the convoy in Botany-bay, in eight fathoms water.
They found Colebe near the head of Botany-Bay, where he was striking fish, and ran some risk of being shot.
British Dictionary definitions for botany bay
an inlet of the Tasman Sea, on the SE coast of Australia: surrounded by the suburbs of Sydney
(in the 19th century) a British penal settlement that was in fact at Port Jackson, New South Wales
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