American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The science or study of plants.
- n. A book or scholarly work on this subject.
- n. The plant life of a particular area: the botany of the Ohio River valley.
- n. The characteristic features and biology of a particular kind of plant or plant group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of plants. It treats of the forms of plants, their structure, the nature of the tissues of which they are composed, the vital phenomena connected with them, the arrangement of them into larger and smaller groups according to their affinities, and the classification of these groups so as to exhibit their mutual relations and their position in the vegetable kingdom as a whole. The science further investigates the nature of the vegetation which at former epochs lived on the earth, as well as the distribution of plants at the present time. It is thus divided into several sections. Structural or morphological botany, that branch of the science of botany which relates to the structure and organization of plants, internal or external, independently of the presence of a vital principle. Also called
- n. uncountable The scientific study of plants, a branch of biology. Typically those disciplines that involve the whole plant.
- n. The plant life, or the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group.
- n. countable A botanical treatise or study, especially of a particular system of botany or that of a particular place.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The science which treats of the structure of plants, the functions of their parts, their places of growth, their classification, and the terms which are employed in their description and denomination. See plant.
- n. A book which treats of the science of botany.
- n. the branch of biology that studies plants
- n. all the plant life in a particular region or period
- First attested in 1696: Back-formation from botanic.. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from earlier botanic, botanical, from Late Latin botanicus; see botanical. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She had a master's degree in botany from the University of Maryland.”
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“Morgan, who is pursing a doctorate degree in botany at City University of New York, has long been fascinated by Jergon Sacha.”
“McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927, where she was a leader in the development of maize cytogenetics; the field remained the focus of her research for the rest of her career.”
“(And my botany is pretty rusty at this point, or I'd want to do it myself.)”
“The notion that sex kept (married) women healthy, the sexual lexicon in botany and science (including theories of electricity), the erotica of picturesque description — all of these gesture toward a sexual climate that women could enjoy and that in part encouraged erotic fantasy.”
“Before I came into contact with theoretical problems in botany I hardly could distinguish any flower from any other one.”
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“He was at that time especially interested in botany and geology.”
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