botanize

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Etymology[edit]

From botany +‎ -ize.

Verb[edit]

botanize (third-person singular simple present botanizes, present participle botanizing, simple past and past participle botanized)

  1. To do the work of a botanist; as to inventory the plant life in an area.
    1770: Dr Solander and Myself were botanizingJoseph Banks, The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks, entry for 1770 January 22. [1]
    • Maria Edgeworth
      When he was not studying, he was botanizing or mineralogizing with O'Toole's chaplain.