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Torrey, John

(Encyclopedia) Torrey, John, 1796–1873, American botanist and chemist, b. New York City, M.D. College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1818. He was professor of chemistry (1827–55) at his…

Britton, Nathaniel Lord

(Encyclopedia) Britton, Nathaniel Lord, 1859–1934, American botanist, grad. Columbia School of Mines, 1879. He taught geology and botany at Columbia, 1879–96. He was the New York…

horticulture

(Encyclopedia) horticulture [Lat. hortus =garden], science and art of gardening and of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. Horticulture generally…

botanical garden

(Encyclopedia) botanical garden, public place in which plants are grown both for display and for scientific study. An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted chiefly to the…

Bronx, the

(Encyclopedia) Bronx, the, borough of New York City, coextensive with Bronx co. (1990 pop. 1,203,789), land area 42 sq mi (106 sq km), SE N.Y. The name comes from Jonas Bronck, who…

New York

(Encyclopedia) New York, city (1990 pop. 7,322,564), land area 304.8 sq mi (789.4 sq km), SE N.Y., largest city in the United States and one of the largest in the world, on New York Bay…