Webster 1913 Edition
, fr. Gr.
[GREEK]herb, plant, fr.
[GREEK]to feed, graze.]
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
A book which treats of the science of botany.
☞ Botany is divided into various departments; as,
Structural Botany, which investigates the structure and organic composition of plants;
Physiological Botany, the study of their functions and life; and
Systematic Botany, which has to do with their classification, description, nomenclature, etc.
Webster 1828 Edition
Or, botany is the science of the structure,functions, properties, habits and arrangement of plants,and of the technical characters by which they are distinguished.