a specialist in botany.

1675–85; botan(ism) botany (< Greek botanismós, equivalent to botán(ē) plant + -ismos -ism) + -ist Unabridged
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botany (ˈbɒtənɪ)
n , 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
[C17: from botanical; compare astronomy, astronomical]

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1680s, from botany + -ist.
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To his contemporaries, he was best known as a botanist, and indeed from adolescence this was his favorite pursuit.
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