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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
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Examples from the Web for floriculture
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  • This, as far as we know, was the first attempt at the use of floriculture in time pieces.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • 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
  • This last has given that training which makes him an authority along the line of floriculture.

  • Modern floriculture and vegetable-gardening are likely to run the year round.

  • To the amateur who has had no special training in floriculture, the introduction of even a simple water spout is of interest.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • From the early Greeks the Romans took their first lesson in floriculture.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • Novels are not handbooks on floriculture, banking, railways, or the management of department stores.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Occasionally, all attempt at floriculture or gardening is abandoned.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • floriculture is an employment appropriate to all classes, ages, and conditions.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • A taste for floriculture is spreading amongst Anglo-Indians.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
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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