• WordNet 3.6
    • n botany the branch of biology that studies plants
    • n botany all the plant life in a particular region or period "Pleistocene vegetation","the flora of southern California","the botany of China"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Botany A book which treats of the science of botany.
    • Botany 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n botany The science of plants. It treats of the forms of plants, their structure, the nature of the tissues of which they are composed, the vital phenomena connected with them, the arrangement of them into larger and smaller groups according to their affinities, and the classification of these groups so as to exhibit their mutual relations and their position in the vegetable kingdom as a whole. The science further investigates the nature of the vegetation which at former epochs lived on the earth, as well as the distribution of plants at the present time. It is thus divided into several sections. Structural or morphological botany, that branch of the science of botany which relates to the structure and organization of plants, internal or external, independently of the presence of a vital principle. Also called organography.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Botany bot′an-i the science of plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. botanique, (a. & n.), fr. Gr. , botanic, fr. , herb, plant, fr. , to feed, graze
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. botanē, herb, plant—bosk-ein, to feed, L. vescor, I feed myself; perh. cog. with A.S. woed.


In literature:

Mr. Mulligan said they were there for the study of Botany, he believed.
"The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth" by Timothy Templeton
By J.B. FARMER, D.Sc., F.R.S., Professor of Botany in the Imperial College of Science.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
I spoke just now of the time when England was joined to France, as bearing on Hampshire botany.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
He forsook music and devoted himself to drawing and botany.
"Great Italian and French Composers" by George T. Ferris
One division is Vegetable Physiology, which is generally fused with the classificatory science of botany.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
If he knows a flower, from this known he may be so directed that he may become a master in the unknown field of botany.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
GWYN, M. D. of Ipswich, to whose penetrating genius, and learned researches, Botany owes much.
"The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 4" by William Curtis
What higher lessons in botany I might take, day by day exploring the secrets of plant life!
"Medoline Selwyn's Work" by Mrs. J. J. Colter
Does botany teach the human mind to dispense with God?
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville

In poetry:

They go of an island to take special charge,
Much warmer than Britain, and ten times as large,
No custom-house duty, no freightage to pay
And tax free they live when at Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
O'er Neptune's domain, how extensive the scope,
Of quickly returning, how defiant the hope,
he Capes must be doubled, and then bear away
Three thousand good leagues to reach Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
For a general good, make a general sweep,
Ye chiefs who go out on this naval exploit,
The beauty of life in good order to keep,
With night prowling hateful disturbers away,
And send the whole tribe unto Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
Geology and botany
A hundred wonders shall diskiver,
We'll flog and troll in strid and hole,
And skim the cream of lake and river,
Blow Snowdon! give me Ireland for my pennies,
Hurrah! for salmon, grilse, and—Dennis, Dennis, Dennis!
"Fishing Song: To J.A. Froude and Tom Hughes" by Charles Kingsley
’Tis but a hundred years ago,—as nearly as may be,—
Since good King George’s vessel first anchored in Botany.
A hundred years!—Yet, oh, how many changes there have been!
Unclasp thy volume, History,—and say what thou hast seen.
"The Australiad" by Mary Hannay Foott
'Tis a calm pleasant evening, the light fades away,
And the Sun going down has done watch for the day.
To my mind we live wonderous well when transported,
It is but to work and we must be supported.
Fill the cann, Dick! success here to Botany Bay!
"Botany Bay Eclogues 04 - John, Samuel & Richard" by Robert Southey

In news:

Art & Botany: Nils- Udo 's Land Art.
Art + Botany: William Morris Wallpaper.
On the language of botany, I imagine many plants would gladly elaborate if they could.
But it was my botany lab, which I enjoyed very much.
Art + Botany: Evangelisto Blanco 's Topiary Garden.
Ken and Carolyn met in a botany class at BYU in 1961.
Art & Botany: Xavier Dumont's Twig- Charmed Furniture.
Bill Cullina Shares Passion, Fascination For Botany.
Art + Botany: LeafSnap Field Guide .
"Some folks are worried that they have to learn or memorize 20 fields of botany, but that is definitely not the case," said Howard Voland, master gardener coordinator.
Paradice Ice Skating is in the Auckland suburbs of Avondale and Botany.
Art & Botany: 'Lightweeds' & Illuminated 'Trees'.
Botany + Art: Illustrator Hans Weiditz.
Join Kate Humble and the five scientists as they combine their chemistry, physics, biology and botany talents to search for and refine gold on the rugged west coast of New Zealand's South Island.
Savage holds a master's degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology.

In science:

Levitov LS (1991) Fibonacci numbers in botany and physics: Phyllotaxis.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Traynor, Lagrangian cobordisms via generating families with applications to Legendrian geography and botany, In preparation. 8. B.
Obstructions to Lagrangian Cobordisms between Legendrians via Generating Families
Waddell. (1993). A complete family of phylogenetic invariants for any number of taxa under Kimura's 3ST model. New Zealand Journal of Botany (Conference Issue) 31: 289-296. Steel, M.A., L.A. Székely, and M.D. Hendy. (1994). Reconstructing trees when sequence sites evolve at variable rates. J.
Measuring Fit of Sequence Data to Phylogenetic Model: Gain of Power using Marginal Tests
This short note has attempted to outline a ’botany’ of causes for the (surprisingly widespread) phenomenon of ’non-intrinsic behavior’ of, as I prefer to put it, sensitivity of properties to perturbations.
Towards a Classification of the Effects of Disorder on Materials Properties
Fowler, Heisenberg delivered the talk “Term Zoology and Zeeman Botany” before the Kapitza Club .
On the Dirac-Infeld-Plebanski delta function