Definition of Botany

1. Noun. All the plant life in a particular region or period. "The botany of China"

Exact synonyms: Flora, Vegetation
Category relationships: Flora, Plant, Plant Life
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Group relationships: Biology, Biota
Specialized synonyms: Browse, Brush, Brushwood, Coppice, Copse, Thicket, Growth, Bush, Chaparral, Scrub, Stand, Forest, Wood, Woods, Shrubbery, Garden, Brier, Brier Patch, Brierpatch, Ground Cover, Groundcover
Examples of category: Cut, Mown, Uncut, Unmown, Sprouted, Dried-up, Sear, Sere, Shriveled, Shrivelled, Withered
Antonyms: Fauna
Derivative terms: Vegetate, Vegetational

2. Noun. The branch of biology that studies plants.
Exact synonyms: Phytology
Examples of category: Flora, Plant, Plant Life, Etiolation, Dissilience, Aestivation, Estivation, Division, Venation, Vernation, Scurf, Natural Scientist, Naturalist, Kingdom Plantae, Plant Kingdom, Plantae, Annual, Biennial, Perennial, Style, Germ Tube, Pollen Tube, Peristome, Embryo, Corolla, Corona, Calyx, Lip, Papilla, Pitcher, Apophysis, Callus, Blister, Coma, Bast, Phloem, Root, Taproot, Spike, Leaf Node, Node, Lobe, Ligule, Apogamy, Cohesion, Foliation, Leafing, Parthenocarpy, Growth Regulator, Phytohormone, Plant Hormone, Cork, Phellem, Sporulate, Invaginate, Sporulate, Acroscopic, Basiscopic, Acropetal, Basipetal, Basifixed, Comal, Comate, Comose, Carpellate, Pistillate, Acarpellous, Acarpelous, Cauline, Basal, Radical, Caulescent, Cauline, Stemmed, Acaulescent, Stemless, Outward-developing, Inward-developing, Chlamydeous, Achlamydeous, Brachiate, Comate, Comose, Cyclic, Acyclic, Annual, One-year, Biennial, Two-year, Perennial, Determinate, Cymose, Indeterminate, Racemose, Dextrorsal, Dextrorse, Sinistrorsal, Sinistrorse, Precocious, Autogamic, Autogamous, Endogamic, Endogamous, Exogamic, Exogamous, Fastigiate, Aerial, Antheral, Staminate, Pistillate, Monoclinous, Diclinous, Capsulate, Capsulated, Opposite, Paired, Alternate, Ariled, Arillate, Foliate, Foliolate, Aphyllous, Scapose, Bilabiate, Two-lipped, Cancellate, Cancellated, Clathrate, Terete, Torulose, Simple, Unsubdivided, Compound, Aggregate, Double, Single, Bullate, Imbricate, Imbricated, Squamulose, Rugose, Smooth, Rough, Convolute, Convoluted, Involute, Rolled, Bifid, Pentamerous, Trifid, Assurgent, Ligneous, Alliaceous, Apogametic, Apogamic, Apogamous, Apomictic, Apomictical, Apothecial, Archegonial, Archegoniate, Archesporial, Araceous, Aroid, Arthrosporic, Arthrosporous, Asclepiadaceous, Ascocarpous, Ascosporic, Ascosporous, Autophytic, Autotrophic, Heterotrophic, Axial, Axile, Basidiomycetous, Basidiosporous, Bicapsular, Calyceal, Calycinal, Calycine, Cambial, Capsular, Composite, Homostyled, Homostylic, Homostylous, Panicled, Self-pollinating, Umbelliform, Umbelliferous, Cruciferous, Tomentose, Epiphytic, Lithophytic, Myrmecophytic, Bladed, Spicate, Alar, Axillary, Paniculate, Phyllodial, Involucrate, Bryophytic, Herbaceous
Generic synonyms: Biological Science, Biology
Specialized synonyms: Mycology, Pomology, Palaeobotany, Paleobotany, Algology, Phycology, Pteridology
Derivative terms: Botanic, Botanical, Botanise, Botanist, Botanize, Phytologist

Definition of Botany

1. 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.

Definition of Botany

1. Noun. The scientific study of plants, a branch of biology. Typically those disciplines that involve the whole plant. ¹

2. Noun. The plant life, or the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group. ¹

3. Noun. A botanical treatise or study, especially of a particular system of botany or that of a particular place. ¹

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Definition of Botany

1. the science of plants [n -NIES]

Medical Definition of Botany

1. The scientific study of plant life. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Botany

botany (current term)
botany bay
botch job
botch jobs
botch up

Literary usage of Botany

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1911)
"Bastin, EL, College botany, ist ed. Bell, A Knowledge of Living Things. ... Martyn, Language of botany. Hamilton, G., Rudiments of Vegetable Physiology. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"A TEXAS SCHOOL OF botany. THE welcome announcement is made that a School of botany has ... To this end the School of botany proposes to cooperate with local ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1919)
"Many of them offer no botany at all, or only elementary courses which are often ... Most of the institutions which possess departments of botany offer only ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1896)
"R 176 Boston Society Natural History, Botanical News 486, 587, 1046 162, 259, "346, 434, 524 1065 Papers, Notes of 404 Papers Recent 60 botany, 55, 218, ..."

5. The Popular Science MonthlyScience (1893)
"botany, general and descriptive. Thistles (8 p.). G. Allen, 80 : 101. Travels of weeds (Misc. ... botany, economic. Ancient uses of cork (Misc.), 16:420. ..."

6. Transactions by Massachusetts Horticultural Society (1896)
"An Introduction to Structural botany. Part H. Flowerless Plants. 12°. pp. ... SK ECONOMIC botany. Griffith, William. Report on the Tea Plant of Upper Assam. ..."

7. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1888)
"In 1728 Consul Sherard died, bequeathing his herbarium and library and 3000/. to the university of Oxford, to provide a salary for the professor of botany, ..."

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