hus·​band·​ry | \ ˈhəz-bən-drē How to pronounce husbandry (audio) \

Definition of husbandry

1a : the cultivation or production of plants or animals : agriculture
b : the scientific control and management of a branch of farming and especially of domestic animals
2 : the control or judicious use of resources : conservation
3 archaic : the care of a household

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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 The Black Death of the mid-1300s resulted in a shift from farming to husbandry. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Mauro Guillén on how the pandemic is accelerating history," 30 June 2020 Our husbandry, or animal care, staff—the ones who clean cages and feed the animals—is physically isolated by facility, as our animals are spread across 17 facilities on campus. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Respirators, quarantines, and worst-case scenarios: Lab animal facilities grapple with the pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Some of the animal care and husbandry will be on public view, and the design of the exhibit space has been dictated by close observation of lion behavior through the years. Steve Johnson,, "Outdated Lincoln Park Zoo lion house to be modernized after $15 million donation," 12 Dec. 2019 The consequence of this husbandry, according to Finland’s Natural Resources Institute, is that the annual growth of trees in Finland exceeds the volume of felling and natural loss by over 20m cubic metres, despite the increasing demand for wood. The Economist, "How to make use of all of a tree," 17 Oct. 2019 People feared the impact of the automobile on horse husbandry, carriage makers, and blacksmiths. Justin Brady, Quartz, "These are the businesses that will actually benefit from job automation," 21 Nov. 2019 And across the world, depending on the type of husbandry practised, farming is eroding soil at a rate between ten times and more than 100 times faster than new soil forms. The Economist, "Gloom from the climate-change front line," 10 Aug. 2019 Another version of the dairy husbandry department — which is now the food science department — was established even earlier, in 1908. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two of UW-Madison's oldest, most heralded departments look to merge," 20 July 2019 The 1920s and 1930s produced some of the worst, and deadliest, floods in our history, many of them the result of bad farming habits and bad husbandry of the land. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of husbandry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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8 Jul 2020

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“Husbandry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of husbandry

formal : the activity of raising plants or animals for food


hus·​band·​ry | \ ˈhəz-bən-drē How to pronounce husbandry (audio) \

Kids Definition of husbandry

1 : the management or wise use of resources : thrift
2 : the raising and management of plants or animals for food

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