One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the US) a small shop that sells herbal and other traditional remedies, together with charms, incense, candles, and other items used for religious or spiritual purposes.‘he performed cleansing rituals at a botanica he owned in Montebello’
- ‘The market on Webster Avenue claims to be the largest botanica on the East Coast.’
- ‘Now a world-weary former art student, she enters the botanica because there's nowhere else to go.’
- ‘I did spot something that looked a lot like a botanica on High Street when I passed there in a car recently.’
- ‘The first stop upon her return is a visit to a botanica.’
- ‘I wonder if I could get some smoked hutia at a botanica around here.’
Spanish botánica, from botánico ‘botanical’.
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