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  1. the science of soil management and the production of field crops.
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Also ag·ro·nom·ics [ag-ruh-nom-iks] /ˌæg rəˈnɒm ɪks/.

Origin of agronomy

First recorded in 1805–15; agro- + -nomy
Related formsag·ro·nom·ic, ag·ro·nom·i·cal, adjectiveag·ro·nom·i·cal·ly, adverba·gron·o·mist, noun
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  • Boys were schooled in agronomy, mechanics and animal husbandry and pursued individual projects in these fields.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • Even the chair of agronomy, the newest department of the colleges, must soon be separated into its units.

  • I remember me Dorothy, just the other day, when I still lectured on agronomy to farmer-boy students.

  • There is no branch of agronomy in which science and practice are more closely connected than in that of fruit-growing.

British Dictionary definitions for agronomy


  1. the science of cultivation of land, soil management, and crop production
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Derived Formsagronomist, noun
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Word Origin and History for agronomy


"science of land management for crop production," 1814, from French agronomie, from Greek agronomos "overseer of land," from agros "field" (see acre) + -nomos "law or custom, administering," related to nemein "manage" (see numismatics). Related: Agronomist; agronomic.

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agronomy in Science


  1. The scientific study of soil management and crop production, including irrigation and the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
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