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[flawr-i-kuhl-cher, flohr-] /ˈflɔr ɪˌkʌl tʃər, ˈfloʊr-/
the cultivation of flowers or flowering plants, especially for ornamental purposes.
Origin of floriculture
First recorded in 1815-25; flori- + culture
Related forms
floricultural, adjective
floriculturally, adverb
floriculturist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for floriculture
Historical Examples
  • The Germans and Swiss had to come in and show us about market-gardening and floriculture.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Modern floriculture and vegetable-gardening are likely to run the year round.

  • floriculture is an employment appropriate to all classes, ages, and conditions.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • From the early Greeks the Romans took their first lesson in floriculture.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • This, as far as we know, was the first attempt at the use of floriculture in time pieces.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • Occasionally, all attempt at floriculture or gardening is abandoned.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • A taste for floriculture is spreading amongst Anglo-Indians.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • And then followed a lecture on floriculture, agriculture, and horticulture that I immensely enjoyed.

    Over Paradise Ridge Maria Thompson Daviess
  • He was a man who had traveled much and was thoroughly versed in the art of floriculture.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • They produced the first fine optical instruments, and they have been pioneers in navigation and floriculture.

    Woman's Club Work and Programs Caroline French Benton
British Dictionary definitions for floriculture


the cultivation of flowering plants
Derived Forms
floricultural, adjective
floriculturist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for floriculture

1822, from Latin floris, genitive of flos "flower" (see flora) + -culture on analogy of agriculture. Related: Floricultural; floriculturist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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