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  1. the raising of silk worms for the production of raw silk.
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Origin of sericulture

1850–55; < Greek sḗr silkworm + -i- + culture
Related formsser·i·cul·tur·al, adjectiveser·i·cul·tur·ist, noun
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Historical Examples of sericulture

  • In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.

    Explorations in Australia

    John Forrest

  • By these means it is intended to encourage agriculture and sericulture in the empire.

    Intimate China

    Mrs. Archibald Little

  • Mulberries, as has been remarked in regard to sericulture, are plentifully grown.


    Sir Francis Edward Younghusband

  • Some farmers had made money in sericulture too quickly for it to do them good.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • It is in the middle of the country that sericulture chiefly nourishes.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

British Dictionary definitions for sericulture


  1. the rearing of silkworms for the production of raw silk
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Derived Formssericultural, adjectivesericulturist, noun

Word Origin for sericulture

C19: via French; seri- from Latin sēricum silk, from Greek sērikos silken, from sēr a silkworm
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Word Origin and History for sericulture


"breeding, rearing and treatment of silkworms, 1839, from French sériciculture (19c.), from Latin sericum (nominative serica) "silk" (see serge) + cultura (see culture (n.)).

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