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the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life.
the plant life of a region:
the botany of Alaska.
the biology of a plant or plant group:
the botany of deciduous trees.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Botany wool.
Contemporary Examples

John Edwards’ Sugar Mama Lloyd Grove January 28, 2010
Halloween Read: Thomas Browne’s Eerie Premonition of His Burial Stefan Beck October 29, 2012

Historical Examples

The Spell of the Heart of France Andr Hallays
Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 440 Various
The Quadroon Mayne Reid
The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell
Cabbages and Kings O. Henry
The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
More Letters of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin

noun (pl) -nies
the study of plants, including their classification, structure, physiology, ecology, and economic importance
the plant life of a particular region or time
the biological characteristics of a particular group of plants


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