There are 2 definitions of botany in English:

botany1

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒt(ə)ni
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The scientific study of the physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance of plants.
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  • Modelling of plant growth and architecture relies on biological assumptions borrowed from botany and crop physiology.
  • Linnean tradition classified them as plants properly studied in botany.
  • During his tenure at Western, Gary taught courses in principles of biology, protistology, general botany, plant morphology, and freshwater algae.
1.1The plant life of a particular region, habitat, or geological period: the botany of North America
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  • He knows the geology and botany, can describe all that creeps and crawls, bounds and flies and, above all, is able and willing to share his enthusiasms.
  • Well, you can imagine any mad botany or geology you please.
  • First they're introduced to the internal structures and geometries of the desert geology and botany.

Origin

late 17th century: from earlier botanic (from French botanique, based on Greek botanikos, from botanē 'plant') + -y3.

Derivatives

botanist

noun
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  • If nobody but botanists and biologists cared about the fate of Britain's butterflies and plants, there might be more merit to such a headline-grabbing approach.
  • In our day, botanists and ecologists have done much to raise our awareness of the importance of biodiversity.
  • We had been told it couldn't be done, but last month the botanists and plant conservationists of Europe proved the sceptics wrong and pulled off an amazing feat.

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There are 2 definitions of botany in English:

Botany2

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒt(ə)ni
 
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(also Botany wool)

noun

[mass noun]
Merino wool, especially from Australia.

Origin

late 19th century: named after Botany Bay, from where the wool originally came.

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