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botanical

[buh-tan-i-kuh l] /bəˈtæn ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
Also, botanic. of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants:
botanical survey; botanical drugs.
noun
2.
Pharmacology. a drug made from part of a plant, as from roots, leaves, bark, or berries.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; botanic (< Medieval Latin botanicus < Greek botanikós of plants, equivalent to botán(ē) herb + -ikos -ic) + -al1
Related forms
botanically, adverb
nonbotanic, adjective
nonbotanical, adjective
nonbotanically, adverb
unbotanical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for botanical

botanical

/ˌbəˈtænɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to botany or plants
noun
2.
any drug or pesticide that is made from parts of a plant
Derived Forms
botanically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin botanicus, from Greek botanikos relating to plants, from botanē plant, pasture, from boskein to feed; perhaps related to Latin bōs ox, cow
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Word Origin and History for botanical
adj.

1650s, from botanic + -al. Related: Botanically.

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