horticulture

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noun hor·ti·cul·ture \ˈhȯr-tə-ˌkəl-chər\

Definition of horticulture

  1. :  the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants

horticultural

play \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rəl\ adjective

horticulturally

play \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rə-lē\ adverb

horticulturist

play \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rist\ or less commonly

horticulturalist

play \ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-ch(ə-)rə-list\ noun

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Hortus is Latin for "garden", and the first gardens were planted about 10,000 years ago in what is often called the Fertile Crescent—the crescent-shaped area stretching from Israel north through Syria and down Iraq's two great rivers to the Persian Gulf. Probably more fertile in previous centuries than it is today, it was the original home of such food plants as wheat, barley, peas, and lentils or their ancient ancestors (not to mention the ancestors of cows, pigs, sheep, and goats as well). Many horticulturists today work as researchers or plant breeders or tend orchards and greenhouses—but most American households contain at least one amateur horticulturist.

Origin and Etymology of horticulture

Latin hortus garden + English -i- + culture — more at yard

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HORTICULTURE Defined for English Language Learners

horticulture

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Definition of horticulture for English Language Learners

  • : the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers



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