horticulture

noun
hor·​ti·​cul·​ture | \ ˈhȯr-tə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce horticulture (audio) \

Definition of horticulture

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

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Other Words from horticulture

horticultural \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce horticultural (audio) \ adjective
horticulturally \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce horticulturally (audio) \ adverb
horticulturist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rist How to pronounce horticulturist (audio) \ or less commonly horticulturalist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce horticulturalist (audio) \ 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.

Examples of horticulture in a Sentence

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Elsewhere, the horticulture is surreally artificial. J.w.s.w. | Berlin, The Economist, "The variegated symbolism of gardens in art," 1 Aug. 2019 And this fall, Cornell will add a new class focusing on the history, horticulture and legal issues surrounding marijuana. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "At some colleges, students can now bone up on marijuana," 29 July 2019 The arboretum's trial included 2,187 plants this past year, including 116 vegetables, says Jenny Wegley, vice president of horticulture. Karel Holloway, Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum releases newest plant recommendations — veggies included — for North Texas," 10 July 2019 Steve Gregg, who at 51 is just a few years shy of being a Boomer, came to gig work late in his working life after an injury put a halt to his career in horticulture. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Boomers, not millennials, may be the most active generation in the gig economy," 28 June 2019 Annika plans to attend Cuyamaca College in the fall to major in ornamental horticulture. Rita Eastman, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden club awards $4,500 in scholarships," 26 June 2019 What’s more, much of the trading was done by people who knew their horticulture. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Blockchain or Blockheads? Bitcoin Mania Mints Believers and Skeptics," 12 Jan. 2018 And their supremely talented horticulture staff follow that up with stunning summer boarders of annuals, perennials and bodacious tropicals. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Need summer plant inspiration? Here are 4 beautiful gardens to visit near Louisville," 5 July 2019 These fungi are feeding on decaying organic matter, such as leaves and mulch, but not plants, said Steve Mayer, horticulture educator in the Purdue-Marion County Extension Office. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Weather prime for fungus problems," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of horticulture

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horticulture

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

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The first known use of horticulture was in 1678

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horticulture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horticulture

: the science of growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers

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