Definition of ethnobotany in English:

ethnobotany

Syllabification: eth·no·bot·a·ny
Pronunciation: /ˌeTHnōˈbätn-ē
 
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noun

The scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.
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  • He is a conservation biologist who has worked in the fields of ethnobotany and plant germplasm conservation for 30 years.
  • Activities included field excursions to some of the island's imperiled ecosystems, lectures in tropical specialties such as breadfruit biodiversity and medical ethnobotany, and demonstrations of Pacific cultural uses of plants.
  • Trees are described first at the generic level, with a discussion of form, ecology, phenology, ethnobotany, etc.

Derivatives

ethnobotanic

Pronunciation: /-bəˈtanik/
adjective
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  • The living collections at Kahanu Garden focus on plants of the Pacific Islands, particularly those of ethnobotanic value to Hawaiians and other cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.
  • Allan has travelled from the Ivory Coast to Madagascar and New Guinea, seeking plants which have a real or potential ethnobotanic use as food, medicine, fibre, dye or cosmetics.

ethnobotanical

Pronunciation: /-bəˈtanikəl/
adjective
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  • OK, our garden is based around ethnobotanical plants which are useful to people, not only for foods and medicines, but also for fibres, dyes, cosmetics, perfumes, poisons and so on.
  • Plants from tropical rainforests represent a rich source of potential immunomodulating substances, and leads from ethnobotanical practices have been the primary source of plant selection in recent years.
  • The result of this collaboration is a book rich in ethnobotanical information, well and clearly presented, and enhanced by the introductory chapters giving the social history and background of the Florida Seminole Indians.

ethnobotanist

Pronunciation: /-ˈbätn-ist/
noun
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  • He eventually left to become curator of the herbarium at the California Academy in San Francisco and has become a renowned ethnobotanist.
  • Best known as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist, Wade has made 6,000 or so botanical collections while living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight South American countries.
  • They meet county park naturalists, ethnobotanists, and salmon preservationists and learn about the roles these people play in their communities.

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