[ pey-lee-oh-bot-n-ee or, especially British, pal-ee- ]

  1. the branch of paleontology dealing with fossil plants.

Origin of paleobotany

First recorded in 1870–75; paleo- + botany

Other words from paleobotany

  • pa·le·o·bo·tan·i·cal [pey-lee-oh-buh-tan-i-kuhl or, especially British, pal-ee-], /ˌpeɪ li oʊ bəˈtæn ɪ kəl or, especially British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·o·bo·tan·ic, adjective
  • pa·le·o·bot·a·nist, noun

Words Nearby paleobotany Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paleobotany in a sentence

Scientific definitions for paleobotany


[ pā′lē-ō-bŏtn-ē ]

  1. The branch of paleontology that deals with plant fossils and ancient vegetation.

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