from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The science or study of plants.
  • noun A book or scholarly work on this subject.
  • noun The plant life of a particular area.
  • noun The characteristic features and biology of a particular kind of plant or plant group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A book which treats of the science of botany.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The scientific study of plants, a branch of biology. Typically those disciplines that involve the whole plant.
  • noun The plant life, or the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group.
  • noun countable A botanical treatise or study, especially of a particular system of botany or that of a particular place.

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

  • noun the branch of biology that studies plants
  • noun all the plant life in a particular region or period


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

[Back-formation from earlier botanic, botanical, from Late Latin botanicus; see botanical.]

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First attested in 1696: Back-formation from botanic..


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