- the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock; farming.
- the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.
Origin of agriculture
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin agrīcultūra, equivalent to agrī (genitive singular of ager) field + cultūra culture
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Examples from the Web for agriculture
The film examines labor in the U.S. agriculture sector and the “immoral practices” that affect thousands of farmworkers.This Is How Eva Longoria Is Trying to Win the Midterms
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tallied up the costs of raising a child born in 2013.Free Market Failure: Raising a Kid Is a Rigged Game in the USA
August 25, 2014
Agriculture supported larger populations and gave them more goods to fight over.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
Golden State agriculture workers say the union that was supposed to protect them has bullied them into a terrible contract.A Crazy California Union Scandal
August 2, 2014
And the Department of Agriculture, which runs school lunches, has already made some changes the GAO report recommended.Republicans for More Fat Kids
May 28, 2014
We have made enormous strides in science and industry and agriculture.
One son, Norman A., is engaged in agriculture in the neighborhood of the city.Cleveland Past and Present
Agriculture, gardening, and the chase had not absorbed all the strength at our disposal.Freeland
He had devoted himself to agriculture—to agriculture in the Chamber.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
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There are several ways in which agriculture may be attacked.
- the science or occupation of cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock; farming; husbandryRelated adjective: geoponic
C17: from Latin agricultūra, from ager field, land + cultūra culture
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Word Origin and History for agriculture
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The science of cultivating land, producing crops, and raising livestock.
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