Definition of ethnobotany in English:



  • [mass noun] The scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.

    • ‘Later work in ethnobotany and symbolic ecology has taken greater care to note the political and economic context of local understandings of the biophysical environment.’
    • ‘I am thankful for what you have shown me about watersheds, other cultures, ethnobotany, natural healing, renewable energy, spirituality, and so much more.’
    • ‘Trees are described first at the generic level, with a discussion of form, ecology, phenology, ethnobotany, etc.’
    • ‘From the perspective of ethnobotany, the higher a plant's status among native peoples, the more potent it often proves to be medicinally.’
    • ‘Experts in how different peoples and cultures use indigenous plants, the field known as ethnobotany, believe the work could prove a catalyst for medical breakthroughs, putting scientists on the trail of new, life-saving drugs.’
    • ‘Richard Evans Schultes, a tireless supporter of Amazonian ethnobotany, began his investigation in the northwestern Amazon in 1941.’
    • ‘Here in the Cape, the indigenous flora is known as feiba, but we'd like to take you to Madagascar to meet a gourmand who is using ethnobotany as an essential element in providing healthcare.’
    • ‘Activities included field excursions to some of the island's imperiled ecosystems, lectures in tropical specialties such as breadfruit biodiversity and medical ethnobotany, and demonstrations of Pacific cultural uses of plants.’
    • ‘In addition to the existing language and literacy courses, we plan to develop an integrated approach to organic agriculture, livestock management, ethnobotany and health care.’
    • ‘Our understanding of the physical anthropology and ethnobotany of this prehistoric people has increased considerably in the past several decades.’
    • ‘He is a conservation biologist who has worked in the fields of ethnobotany and plant germplasm conservation for 30 years.’
    • ‘For example, the authors discuss ethnobotany in some detail, reviewing human uses of plants ranging from consumption to religious rituals.’
    • ‘Published in 2001 after six years of research and field study, this is a compendium which will have wide use for students of ethnobotany, tropical botany, pharmacology, horticulture and ecology among others.’