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[buh-tan-i-kuh l] /bəˈtæn ɪ kəl/
Also, botanic. of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants:
botanical survey; botanical drugs.
Pharmacology. a drug made from part of a plant, as from roots, leaves, bark, or berries.
Origin of botanical
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 Unabridged
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  • botanical pesticides are derived from plants that are known to provide effective insecticidal elements.
  • Popular account of a five-year journey of geological, botanical, biological and paleontological observation.
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  • No one, however, could deny their botanical accuracy.
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  • Tourists feel comfortable here and walk through its paths as though it were a botanical garden.
  • botanical insecticides incorporate plant materials and can serve as repellants or paralytics.
  • Makers of cosmetics also mix this natural substance with other botanical ingredients.
  • Rows of leather-bound botanical treatises, quite untouched, line pomegranate-colored walls.
  • Trees release water, and during hot times, that botanical sweat cools them down.
British Dictionary definitions for botanical


of or relating to botany or plants
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

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

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