[flawr-i-kuhl-cher, flohr-]


the cultivation of flowers or flowering plants, especially for ornamental purposes.

Origin of floriculture

First recorded in 1815–25; flori- + culture
Related formsflo·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveflo·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbflo·ri·cul·tur·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for floriculture

Historical Examples of floriculture

  • The Germans and Swiss had to come in and show us about market-gardening and floriculture.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • Modern floriculture and vegetable-gardening are likely to run the year round.

  • Floriculture is an employment appropriate to all classes, ages, and conditions.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • From the early Greeks the Romans took their first lesson in floriculture.

    Garden Ornaments

    Mary H. Northend

  • This, as far as we know, was the first attempt at the use of floriculture in time pieces.

    Garden Ornaments

    Mary H. Northend

British Dictionary definitions for floriculture



the cultivation of flowering plants
Derived Formsfloricultural, adjectivefloriculturist, noun
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Word Origin and History for floriculture

1822, from Latin floris, genitive of flos "flower" (see flora) + -culture on analogy of agriculture. Related: Floricultural; floriculturist.

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