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botany

[bot-n-ee] /ˈbɒt n i/
noun, plural botanies.
1.
the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
2.
the plant life of a region:
the botany of Alaska.
3.
the biology of a plant or plant group:
the botany of deciduous trees.
4.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Botany wool.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; botan(ic) (see botanical) + -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for botany

botany

/ˈbɒtənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
2.
the plant life of a particular region or time
3.
the biological characteristics of a particular group of plants
Derived Forms
botanist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from botanical; compare astronomy, astronomical
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Word Origin and History for botany
n.

1690s, from botanic. The -y is from astronomy, etc. Botany Bay so called by Capt. Cook on account of the great variety of plants found there.

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botany in Science
botany
  (bŏt'n-ē)   
  1. The scientific study of plants, including their growth, structure, physiology, reproduction, and pathology, as well as their economic use and cultivation by humans.

  2. The plant life of a particular area.


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botany in Culture

botany definition


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

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