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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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Examples from the web for botanic
  • The botanic garden supports itself through college funds and from the sale of plants to visitors.
  • The botanic garden features a wide variety of exotic trees, flowers and plants on display year-round.
  • Enjoy parks, botanic gardens, and dining amidst blooming plants in and around this mountain town.
  • The botanic museum attracts researchers from all over the world.
British Dictionary definitions for botanic

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 botanic
adj.

1650s, from French botanique (17c.) or directly from Medieval Latin botanicus, from Greek botanikos "of herbs," from botane "a plant, grass, pasture, fodder." The Greek words seems to have more to do with pasturage than plants; cf. related botamia "pastures, meadows," boter "herdsman," boton "grazing beast."

botanical

adj.

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

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