hor·​ti·​cul·​tur·​ist | \ ˌhȯr-tə-ˈkəl-chə-rist How to pronounce horticulturist (audio) \
variants: or less commonly horticulturalist \ ˌhȯr-​tə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce horticulturist (audio) \
plural horticulturists also horticulturalists

Definition of horticulturist

: a person whose work involves growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants As the city horticulturist for the past six years, Burton has made the parks and city areas of O'Fallon bloom.— Lynn Venhaus The finest hot chili pepper in Peter's test garden is 'Riot', which does double duty as an ornamental and in salads; it is a graduate of horticulturist Jim Baggett's breeding program at Oregon State University.— Jim McCausland I prefer buying plants from a nursery to buying at a garden center, and both are vastly preferable to the garden section of a discount store. Plant quality and accuracy of labeling are usually best at a nursery, where the staff is most likely to include professional horticulturists.— Jeff Whitehead De Witt Clinton was a man of parts—a patron of schools, charities, and the arts, a founder of the New York Historical Society, an amateur scientist and horticulturalist.— James MacGregor Burns

First Known Use of horticulturist

1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Horticulturist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horticulturist. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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