hus·​band·​ry ˈhəz-bən-drē How to pronounce husbandry (audio)
: the cultivation or production of plants or animals : agriculture
: the scientific control and management of a branch of farming and especially of domestic animals
: the control or judicious use of resources : conservation
archaic : the care of a household

Examples of husbandry in a Sentence

in accordance with his practice of good husbandry, he never buys anything on credit a family of winemakers whose tradition of vineyard husbandry goes back several generations
Recent Examples on the Web After a crash course in grasshopper husbandry, an initial group of about a dozen zookeepers were given a kit that included between 30 and 50 eggs, a heat-emitting incandescent bulb, and a glass enclosure. Matthew Ponsford, WIRED, 19 Mar. 2024 The five others involved are described in the documents as residents of Montana, Texas and Minnesota who were involved in alternative livestock husbandry and commercial livestock sales, according to court documents. Ashley R. Williams, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Require sustainable farming methods, regenerative soil husbandry and local production of produce. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 Europeans introduced horses and large attack dogs to the Americas, as well as cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens that were cultivated in large-scale livestock husbandry, which dispossessed the indigenous of their lands. Marcy Norton, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The Reichardt family has devoted the last 30 years to perfecting a line of ducks famed for succulent pink meat and well suited to the slower, less stressful husbandry of a small Petaluma farm. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 The trip included observation by an attending veterinarian and husbandry expert aboard a cargo plane from Alaska to Connecticut. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Over the decades, staff have worked with colleagues in China to gain insights on panda husbandry, nutrition, behavior, genetics, veterinary medicine and reproduction. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Sep. 2023 Through some combination of careful husbandry and audience loyalty, Barrington Stage has kept steady, continuing to succeed with worthwhile productions of thoughtful plays and complex musicals. Jesse Green, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of husbandry was in the 14th century

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“Husbandry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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hus·​band·​ry ˈhəz-bən-drē How to pronounce husbandry (audio)
: wise management of resources : economy

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