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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
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agricultural, adjective
agriculturally, adverb
preagricultural, adjective
preagriculture, noun
semiagricultural, adjective
unagricultural, adjective
unagriculturally, adverb Unabridged
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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 agriculture

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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agriculture in Science
The science of cultivating land, producing crops, and raising livestock.
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