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[fawr-uh-stree, for-] /ˈfɔr ə stri, ˈfɒr-/
the science of planting and taking care of trees and forests.
the process of establishing and managing forests; forestation.
Origin of forestry
From the Middle French word foresterie, dating back to 1685-95. See forest, -ry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Didn't you tell me that you'd once had something to do with forestry in Russia?

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • There would be no forestry legislation that Winter––so the newspapers said.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • Now forestry is practised by every nation except Turkey and China.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The fundamental idea of forestry is the perpetuation of forests by use.

  • I had food walks, and learnt something of forestry there—a taking study.

  • Thus Macbeth had a fallacy about forestry; he could not see the trees for the wood.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • I learned a great deal of forestry and botany from his talk.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • In 1881 an agent of the Department was sent to Europe to study the work of forestry there.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
  • Before 1891 the Division of forestry was simply a bureau of information.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
British Dictionary definitions for forestry


the science of planting and caring for trees
the planting and management of forests
(rare) forest land
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forestry

1690s, "privilege of a royal forest," from Old French foresterie, from forest (see forest). Meaning "science of managing forests" is from 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forestry in Science
The scientific study of the cultivation, maintenance, and management of forests.
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