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

  • adj. Of or relating to plants or plant life.
  • adj. Of or relating to the science of botany.
  • n. A drug, medicinal preparation, or similar substance obtained from a plant or plants.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to botany; relating to the study of plants; as, a botanical system, arrangement, textbook, expedition.
  • n. Something derived from a botanical, especially herbal, source

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or concerned with the study or cultivation of plants.

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

  • n. a drug made from part of a plant (as the bark or root or leaves)
  • adj. of or relating to plants or botany


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

From Late Latin botanicus, from Greek botanikos, from botanē, fodder, plants.

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botany +‎ -ical


  • Identifying gaps in botanical information for biodiversity conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Chocó-Darién moist forests

  • They have made a long-term botanical study of the composition of the natural forest and its pharmacological potentials, of the okapi and of the dynamics of the socio-economic impact of human migration.

    Okapi Faunal Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • We also probably should go to the Austin botanical gardens and plan hikes at least once a month.

    Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: Woke up, coughing...

  • Unfortunately, its counterpart in French botanical terminology, radicule, apparently has been anglicised into radicle. PLUMULE.

  • As late as 1820, Goethe worried that women and children should not be exposed to the "dogma of sexuality" in botanical studies (Stern 245).


  • They are all found in botanical works under long, clumsy, Latin appellations, very little fitted for every-day uses, just like the plants of our gardens, half of which are only known by long-winded Latin polysyllables, which timid people are afraid to pronounce.

    Rural Hours

  • With a career spanning 35 years, Lipscomb has become known as a botanical ambassador.

    PRWeb - Daily News Feed

  • Sylva worked as the groundskeeper at the now-defunct Maui Zoo in Wailuku and began planting native foliage to the point that it also became known as a botanical garden, Hobdy recalled.

    Starbulletin Headlines

  • News to me: Each nearby homeowner’s front lawn is included in botanical definitions of “urban forest”.

    West Mt. Airy Looks in Your Backyard and Sees a Forest

  • I called the botanical garden to find out whether or not to remove the leaves still holding on to my roses.

    2009 January « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog


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