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horticulture

[hawr-ti-kuhl-cher]
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noun
  1. the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
  2. the science and art of cultivating such plants.

Origin of horticulture

1670–80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture
Related formshor·ti·cul·tur·al, adjectivehor·ti·cul·tur·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for horticultural

Historical Examples

  • This ballad was written on the occasion of a Horticultural Festival.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • To further the work of agricultural and horticultural organization.

  • "Ah, you require our horticultural department for that, Sir," he said.

  • Horticultural medals, gold and bronze,” said Old Brownsmith, smiling.

    Brownsmith's Boy

    George Manville Fenn

  • This book marks an epoch in the horticultural literature of America.

    Your Plants

    James Sheehan


British Dictionary definitions for horticultural

horticultural

adjective
  1. of or relating to horticulture
Derived Formshorticulturally, adverbhorticulturalist, noun

horticulture

noun
  1. the art or science of cultivating gardens
Derived Formshorticulturist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture
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Word Origin and History for horticultural

adj.

1778, from horticulture + -al (1).

horticulture

n.

1670s, "cultivation of a garden," fabricated from Latin hortus "garden" (see yard (n.1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

horticultural in Culture

horticulture

[(hawr-tuh-kul-chuhr)]

The science of cultivating garden plants.

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