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botany1

Syllabification: bot·a·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈbät(ə)nē
 
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noun

1The scientific study of plants, including their physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

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  • This comes from the earlier word botanic borrowed from French botanique, which goes back to Greek botanē ‘plant’. The explorer Captain James Cook ( 1728–79), who landed there in 1770, named Botany Bay because of the large variety of plants collected there by his companion, Sir Joseph Banks ( 1743–1820). Later the area became noted from its wool production and from the late 19th century botany was used for Australian wool.

Derivatives

botanic

1
Pronunciation: /bəˈtanik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • What mythical figures will the afternoon's leaping flames set forth on this botanic ground?
  • The botanic biodiversity is vast and over 336 tree species are found here.
  • The gardens house botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) that have been considerably enriched through the centuries.

botanist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with botany

cottony, monotony

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Botany2

Syllabification: Bot·a·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈbät(ə)nē
 
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(also Botany wool)

noun

Merino wool, especially from Australia.

Origin

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

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