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botany

[ bot-n-ee ]
/ ˈbɒt n i /
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noun, plural bot·a·nies.

the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
the plant life of a region: the botany of Alaska.
the biology of a plant or plant group: the botany of deciduous trees.
(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
/ (ˈbɒtənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
the plant life of a particular region or time
the biological characteristics of a particular group of plants
botanist, noun
C17: from botanical; compare astronomy, astronomical
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Scientific definitions for botany

botany
[ bŏtn-ē ]

The scientific study of plants, including their growth, structure, physiology, reproduction, and pathology, as well as their economic use and cultivation by humans.
The plant life of a particular area.
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Cultural definitions for botany

botany

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

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