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botanist

[bot-n-ist] /ˈbɒt n ɪst/
noun
1.
a specialist in botany.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; botan(ism) botany (< Greek botanismós, equivalent to botán(ē) plant + -ismos -ism) + -ist
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  • To his contemporaries, he was best known as a botanist, and indeed from adolescence this was his favorite pursuit.
Word Origin and History for botanist
n.

1680s; see botany + -ist.

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