Definition of botanize in US English:


(British botanise)


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  • Study plants, especially in their natural habitat.

    ‘I'd always be scheming to go off birdwatching or botanizing’
    • ‘We'll take advantage of our one layover day to indulge in swimming, fishing, botanizing, or just luxuriating in gorgeous scenery.’
    • ‘While my better half was absorbed in details of converted temples, under-floor heating, and plunge pools, I was able to get on with a little botanising.’
    • ‘Like the Argylls, Bute, at his Scottish estate, Mountstuart, was occupied with farming, botanizing, and building.’
    • ‘Late September is one of the best times for roadside botanizing in the Pine Barrens.’
    • ‘He was born in 1936, spent a happy childhood botanising and collecting butterflies in Kent, was educated at Tonbridge, then Cambridge where he read Genetics.’
    • ‘The Crabtree layover day gave us a chance to fish, botanize, and swim.’
    • ‘Peter is especially excited, since this is one of the few rhododendron-rich sites that he has not botanised already.’
    • ‘We also botanized along the edges of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, the Tremont Road, the Little River Road, and the Blue Ridge Parkway and spur between Oconoluftee and Black Camp Gap.’
    • ‘On the second day of the trip the group botanized in upland areas in the Hansey Creek watershed to see the state-rare Quercus nigra at the northern limit of its range.’
    • ‘But these are the idle dreams of a momentary pedestrian; there is work to be done, believe it or not, and I can't stay to botanise on asphalt, in the flaneuristic manner approved by Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin.’
    • ‘When we're not working in other people's gardens or at home, we go hiking and botanizing, looking for whatever's happening in that season.’
    • ‘Joseph Banks—whose own journal often found him ‘in the woods, botanizing as usual’—cataloged an array of flora and fauna that was staggering in both scope and scientific value.’
    • ‘For much of the 19th century wave upon wave of gentlefolk of both nations descended on the Riviera, sketching, botanising and indulging in soirees musicales, and all for the sake of their health.’
    • ‘Isobel Hutchison, in her own eyes, was a Lady traveler who happened to have learned botany at a young age, then botanized from home in Scotland, to Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, northern Canada, and later the European Alps.’
    • ‘The bursting tree buds looked strangely familiar to those who had botanized among the garnishings of the fish course of a forty-cent dinner.’
    • ‘A chance gift of seeds from Captain James Mangles, horticulturalist, accompanied by the request to supply native specimens in return, prompted her to botanise in earnest.’
    • ‘Even his honeymoon to northern Italy in 1833, on his marriage to Constance Mundy of Markeaton, Derbyshire, turned into a botanising trip.’
    • ‘This passion had been ignited in his childhood years, whilst a student at Eton, when he regularly walked and botanised along the path by the River Thames.’
    • ‘In the late 1800's and early 1900's, botanists would travel by excursion boat down the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. to Marshall Hall and spend the day botanizing in nearby habitats.’
    • ‘The group began botanizing along the cobblestone sidewalks along 110 Street in the northwest section of the park.’


Mid 18th century: from modern Latin botanizare, from Greek botanizein ‘gather plants’, from botanē ‘plant’.