Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To collect plants for scientific study.
  • intransitive v. To investigate or study plants scientifically.
  • transitive v. To investigate or explore the plant life of (a region).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To do the work of a botanist; as to inventory the plant life in an area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To seek after plants for botanical investigation; to study plants.
  • transitive v. To explore for botanical purposes.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. collect and study plants

Etymologies

From botany +‎ -ize. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Brotherhood of the Butterfly Net

  • 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.

    Wildwood

  • 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.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • While Vinton and his crew began clearing the dense secondary forest, Schultes finally had an opportunity to botanize.

    One River

  • 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.

    One River

  • Thus for the time being Schultes remained content to botanize in the hills around Huautla, focusing more on the plants than the people.

    One River

  • 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.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • 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

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

  • 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.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • And De Sauty shall spare them, though he botanize on his mother's grave.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859

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  • "'...we spent the day botanizing. We were also unperceived.'

    "'How we botanized! Do you think we shall reach Bir Hafsa tomorrow?'

    "'Which as Bir Hafsa?'

    "'The resting-place where there was such a fine stretch of centaurea for the camels and where we found the curious euphorbia among the dunes.'

    "'And the spiny lizards, the crested desert-lark, the anomalous wheatear. Perhaps we may: I hope so, indeed.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 219

    February 19, 2008