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[ag-ri-kuhl-cher] /ˈæg rɪˌkʌl tʃər/
the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock; farming.
the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.
Origin of agriculture
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin agrīcultūra, equivalent to agrī (genitive singular of ager) field + cultūra culture
Related forms
agricultural, adjective
agriculturally, adverb
preagricultural, adjective
preagriculture, noun
semiagricultural, adjective
unagricultural, adjective
unagriculturally, adverb Unabridged
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  • The agricultural districts were faithful to the Liberals, but they lost in the boroughs.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The agricultural shows have much effect in stimulating progress.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • We had therefore, in round figures, agricultural produce worth £6000.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • The Egyptians were an agricultural and a conservative people.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Unfortunately that proved the deathblow of the old agricultural Society.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
British Dictionary definitions for agricultural


the science or occupation of cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock; farming; husbandry related adjective geoponic
Derived Forms
agricultural, adjective
agriculturally, adverb
agriculturist, agriculturalist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin agricultūra, from ager field, land + cultūraculture
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Word Origin and History for agricultural

1776, from agriculture + -al (1). Related: Agriculturally; agriculturalist.



mid-15c., from Late Latin agricultura "cultivation of the land," compound of agri cultura "cultivation of land," from agri, genitive of ager "a field" (see acre) + cultura "cultivation" (see culture (n.)). In Old English, the idea was expressed by eorðtilþ.

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agricultural in Science
The science of cultivating land, producing crops, and raising livestock.
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Slang definitions & phrases for agricultural



Ungraceful or clumsy: She took an agricultural swing at the ball (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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