sericulture

[ ser-i-kuhl-cher ]
/ ˈsɛr ɪˌkʌl tʃər /
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noun

the raising of silk worms for the production of raw silk.

Nearby words

  1. sericate,
  2. sericeous,
  3. sericin,
  4. sericite,
  5. serictery,
  6. seriema,
  7. series,
  8. series circuit,
  9. series comma,
  10. series resonance

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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British Dictionary definitions for sericulture

sericulture

/ (ˈsɛrɪˌkʌltʃə) /

noun

the rearing of silkworms for the production of raw silk
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

sericulture

n.

"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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