[fawr-uh-stree, for-]


the science of planting and taking care of trees and forests.
the process of establishing and managing forests; forestation.

Origin of forestry

From the Middle French word foresterie, dating back to 1685–95. See forest, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forestry

Contemporary Examples of forestry

Historical Examples of forestry

  • Didn't you tell me that you'd once had something to do with forestry in Russia?

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • There would be no forestry legislation that Winter––so the newspapers said.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • Now forestry is practised by every nation except Turkey and China.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

  • The fundamental idea of forestry is the perpetuation of forests by use.

  • I had food walks, and learnt something of forestry there—a taking study.

British Dictionary definitions for forestry



the science of planting and caring for trees
the planting and management of forests
rare forest land
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for forestry

1690s, "privilege of a royal forest," from Old French foresterie, from forest (see forest). Meaning "science of managing forests" is from 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

forestry in Science



The scientific study of the cultivation, maintenance, and management of forests.
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