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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. A botanical treatise or study, especially of a particular system of botany or that of a particular place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of plants.

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

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


Back-formation from earlier botanic, botanical, from Late Latin botanicus; see botanical.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1696: Back-formation from botanic.. (Wiktionary)



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