American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To collect plants for scientific study.
- v. To investigate or study plants scientifically.
- v. To investigate or explore the plant life of (a region).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To examine or seek for plants for the purpose of studying and classifying them, etc.; investigate the vegetable kingdom as a botanist.
- To explore botanically: as, to botanize a neighborhood.
- Also spelled botanise.
- v. To do the work of a botanist; as to inventory the plant life in an area.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To seek after plants for botanical investigation; to study plants.
- v. To explore for botanical purposes.
- v. collect and study plants
- From botany + -ize. (Wiktionary)
“As a young professor in Uppsala, Linnaeus led his students on plant-collecting hikes, scattering them into the fields to botanize and summoning them to lunch with a trumpet.”
“George Crabbe used to go there and botanize, and lick the wounds inflicted by the scornful, bullying fishermen of Aldeburgh, who, having known him as a boy, scrubbing out barrels in the town, despised him, first as a doctor and later as their curate.”
“About the same time, Mr. Sparrman, who had imprudently gone out alone to botanize, was assaulted by two men, who stripped him of every thing which he had about him, excepting his trowsers, and struck him again and again with his own hanger, though happily without doing him any harm.”
“While Vinton and his crew began clearing the dense secondary forest, Schultes finally had an opportunity to botanize.”
“Though the rain that had followed us from Pasto increased from a drizzle to a downpour, Tim insisted it was an ideal time to botanize.”
“Thus for the time being Schultes remained content to botanize in the hills around Huautla, focusing more on the plants than the people.”
“The grandees of the party followed the Bolivians, whose specialty entitled them to control practically the direction of the route, and plunged into the woods to botanize, to explore and to search for game.”
“Mariposa, for we stopped here and there to sketch, "peep, and botanize"; besides, we were dragging with us a Jersey wagon, bought second-hand in”
“At times we went across the bay, in various directions, but oftenest we strove through the sand to the ocean beach, stopping here and there to botanize, and gather the sweet yellow and purple lupin, and to rest on the limbs of the scrub-oaks.”
“And De Sauty shall spare them, though he botanize on his mother's grave.”
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