- the raising of silk worms for the production of raw silk.
Origin of sericulture
1850–55;Related formsser·i·cul·tur·al, adjectiveser·i·cul·tur·ist, noun
< Greek sḗr
silkworm + -i-
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Examples from the Web for sericulture
Historical Examples of sericulture
In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.
By these means it is intended to encourage agriculture and sericulture in the empire.
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.
I was told that "the technics of sericulture are sure to improve."
British Dictionary definitions for sericulture
Derived Formssericultural, adjectivesericulturist, noun
- the rearing of silkworms for the production of raw silk
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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