a system of cultivation intended to maintain permanent agriculture or horticulture by relying on renewable resources and a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Related formsper·ma·cul·tur·ist, per·ma·cul·tur·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for permaculture



the practice of producing food, energy, etc, using ways that do not deplete the earth's natural resources

Word Origin for permaculture

C20: coined by Bill Mollison (born 1928), Australian ecologist, from perma (nent agri) culture
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Word Origin and History for permaculture

by 1978, from permanent + agriculture or culture.

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