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[bot-n-ee] /ˈbɒt n i/
noun, plural botanies.
the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
the plant life of a region:
the botany of Alaska.
the biology of a plant or plant group:
the botany of deciduous trees.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Botany wool.
Origin of botany
1690-1700; botan(ic) (see botanical) + -y3 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nies
the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
the plant life of a particular region or time
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

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
  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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