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[ser-i-kuhl-cher] /ˈsɛr ɪˌkʌl tʃər/
the raising of silk worms for the production of raw silk.
Origin of sericulture
1850-55; < Greek sḗr silkworm + -i- + culture
Related forms
sericultural, adjective
sericulturist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sericulture
Historical Examples
  • In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.

  • By these means it is intended to encourage agriculture and sericulture in the empire.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • Mulberries, as has been remarked in regard to sericulture, are plentifully grown.


    Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Some farmers had made money in sericulture too quickly for it to do them good.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • It is in the middle of the country that sericulture chiefly nourishes.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • I was told that "the technics of sericulture are sure to improve."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • In Ss-chuan sericulture is a most important industry; every homestead, where mulberry leaves are procurable, is engaged in it.

  • The first Legislature, 1896, passed "An act for the establishment of sericulture" (raising of silk worms).

  • She has always taken a very active interest in sericulture since its introduction into this territory.

  • This official initiative, with equally successful results, extended to the domain of sericulture and tea-growing.

British Dictionary definitions for sericulture


the rearing of silkworms for the production of raw silk
Derived Forms
sericultural, adjective
sericulturist, noun
Word Origin
C19: via French; seri- from Latin sēricum silk, from Greek sērikos silken, from sēr a silkworm
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Word Origin and History for sericulture

"breeding, rearing and treatment of silkworms, 1839, from French sériciculture (19c.), from Latin sericum (nominative serica) "silk" (see serge) + cultura (see culture (n.)).

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