Word Wednesday: Plants

In honor of the nice spring weather, let’s talk about plants!

botany (n)

This is another word that doesn’t need to be broken down. Botany comes from the Greek word ‘botane‘ which means plant or grass. In other words, botany is the study of plants. Like other scientific studies, modifying prefixes can be added to botany to be more specific. For example, I am a paleobotanist, meaning I study ancient plants.

Plants are often taken for granted. Because plants don’t move around, many people find them boring. Plants are an essential part of most environments. They provide food for other organisms and take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere during photosynthesis.

Dill (Anethum graveolens) by Walter J. Pilsak, Waldsassen

photosynthesis (n)

Photosynthesis breaks down into two parts: photo and –synthesisPhoto is a Greek word meaning light and synthesis is a Greek word meaning put together or combine. Ergo, photosynthesis means to combine light. This makes sense, because during photosynthesis plants use light to make energy.

To learn more about the etymology of botany and photosynthesis, check out the links below!

Online Etymology Dictionary: Botany

Online Etymology Dictionary: Photosynthesis


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