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[hawr-ti-kuhl-cher] /ˈhɔr tɪˌkʌl tʃər/
the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
the science and art of cultivating such plants.
Origin of horticulture
1670-80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture
Related forms
horticultural, adjective
horticulturist, noun Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
  • We hired a guy called Patrick Cullina, who was at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to run the horticulture and operations of the park.

    Summer Lovers Matthew Dakotah September 19, 2009
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British Dictionary definitions for horticulture


the art or science of cultivating gardens
Derived Forms
horticulturist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture
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Word Origin and History for horticulture

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.

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horticulture in Culture
horticulture [(hawr-tuh-kul-chuhr)]

The science of cultivating garden plants.

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