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  1. the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
  2. the science and art of cultivating such plants.
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Origin of horticulture

1670–80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture
Related formshor·ti·cul·tur·al, adjectivehor·ti·cul·tur·ist, noun
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Related Words for horticultural

floral, agricultural, horticultural, rural, botanic, gardening, ranch, rustic, aggie, agronomical

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Historical Examples of horticultural

  • This ballad was written on the occasion of a Horticultural Festival.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • To further the work of agricultural and horticultural organization.

  • "Ah, you require our horticultural department for that, Sir," he said.

  • Horticultural medals, gold and bronze,” said Old Brownsmith, smiling.

    Brownsmith's Boy

    George Manville Fenn

  • This book marks an epoch in the horticultural literature of America.

    Your Plants

    James Sheehan

British Dictionary definitions for horticultural


  1. of or relating to horticulture
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Derived Formshorticulturally, adverbhorticulturalist, noun


  1. the art or science of cultivating gardens
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Derived Formshorticulturist, noun

Word Origin for horticulture

C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture
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Word Origin and History for horticultural


1778, from horticulture + -al (1).

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1670s, "cultivation of a garden," fabricated from Latin hortus "garden" (see yard (n.1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

horticultural in Culture



The science of cultivating garden plants.

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