Botany

Botany Bot"a*ny, n.; pl. {Botanies}. [F. botanique, a. & n., fr. Gr. ? botanic, fr. ? herb, plant, fr. ? to feed, graze.] 1. 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. A book which treats of the science of botany. [1913 Webster]

Note: Botany is divided into various departments; as,

{Structural Botany}, which investigates the structure and organic composition of plants;

{Physiological Botany}, the study of their functions and life; and

{Systematic Botany}, which has to do with their classification, description, nomenclature, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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