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[uh-gron-uh-mee] /əˈgrɒn ə mi/
the science of soil management and the production of field crops.
Also, agronomics
[ag-ruh-nom-iks] /ˌæg rəˈnɒm ɪks/ (Show IPA)
Origin of agronomy
First recorded in 1805-15; agro- + -nomy
Related forms
agronomic, agronomical, adjective
agronomically, adverb
agronomist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for agronomy
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  • Boys were schooled in agronomy, mechanics and animal husbandry and pursued individual projects in these fields.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • Even the chair of agronomy, the newest department of the colleges, must soon be separated into its units.

  • I remember me Dorothy, just the other day, when I still lectured on agronomy to farmer-boy students.

  • There is no branch of agronomy in which science and practice are more closely connected than in that of fruit-growing.

    Fruits of Queensland Albert Benson
British Dictionary definitions for agronomy


the science of cultivation of land, soil management, and crop production
Derived Forms
agronomist, noun
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Word Origin and History for agronomy

"science of land management for crop production," 1814, from French agronomie, from Greek agronomos "overseer of land," from agros "field" (see acre) + -nomos "law or custom, administering," related to nemein "manage" (see numismatics). Related: Agronomist; agronomic.

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agronomy in Science
The scientific study of soil management and crop production, including irrigation and the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
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