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agriculture

[ag-ri-kuhl-cher]
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noun
  1. the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock; farming.
  2. the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.
  3. agronomy.
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Origin of agriculture

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin agrīcultūra, equivalent to agrī (genitive singular of ager) field + cultūra culture
Related formsag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveag·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbpre·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectivepre·ag·ri·cul·ture, nounsem·i·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveun·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveun·ag·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb
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horticultureculturecultivationhusbandryagronomytillageagronomics

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British Dictionary definitions for agriculture

agriculture

noun
  1. the science or occupation of cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock; farming; husbandryRelated adjective: geoponic
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Derived Formsagricultural, adjectiveagriculturally, adverbagriculturist or agriculturalist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin agricultūra, from ager field, land + cultūra culture
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Word Origin and History for agriculture

n.

mid-15c., from Late Latin agricultura "cultivation of the land," compound of agri cultura "cultivation of land," from agri, genitive of ager "a field" (see acre) + cultura "cultivation" (see culture (n.)). In Old English, the idea was expressed by eorðtilþ.

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agriculture

[ăgrĭ-kŭl′chər]
  1. The science of cultivating land, producing crops, and raising livestock.
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