[ bot-n-ey, bot-n-ey ]
/ ˈbɒt nˌeɪ, ˌbɒt nˈeɪ /
(of a cross) having arms terminating in the form of a trefoil: cross botonée.
Also bot·on·née, bot·o·ny, bot·on·ny [bot-n-ee] /ˈbɒt n i/.
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Word Origin and History for botony
1570s, in heraldry, from Old French botoné (Modern French boutonné) "covered with buds," past participle of boutonner "to bud," from bouton "bud, button," 12c., from a Germanic source.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper