husbandry

noun
hus·​band·​ry | \ˈhəz-bən-drē \

Definition of husbandry 

1 archaic : the care of a household

2 : the control or judicious use of resources : conservation

3a : 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

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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

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India’s textile industry grew out of sophisticated husbandry and deeply artisanal handling of its bountiful flora and fauna. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘The Fabric of India’ Review: A Nation’s Interwoven History," 27 Oct. 2018 Burgeoning shepherds can take classes on breeding, raising, herding and husbandry. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA," 15 June 2018 Our animal care experts' experience with dolphin births at Shedd have provided invaluable information on dolphin husbandry and maternal care that is being used around the world. Jamie Ramsay, Chicago Reader, "These photos of moms and their babies are cuter than any family picture you'll take on Mother's Day," 12 May 2018 The program employs between four to six inmates at any given time, and participants receive education and training on sheep husbandry, bighorn sheep ecology, wildlife management and related topics. Andy Porter, The Seattle Times, "Domestic sheep program aims to ease problems for bighorns," 26 Apr. 2018 Rebanks contends that what’s really killing this system of traditional husbandry is industrial chicken. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018 The very cattle shrank with the return of primitive methods of husbandry. Helen Andrews, National Review, "Where Zimbabwe Went Wrong," 18 Dec. 2017 Our hosts, Barry and Anita Hansen, grow acres of them, along with a supermarket aisle's worth of vegetables and eight-foot-tall sunflowers, the plot surrounded by the requisite Montana husbandry mix of pigs, chickens, and sheep. Boris Fishman, Smithsonian, "This Lake Is One of Montana’s Best Kept Secrets," 16 Aug. 2017 Our hosts, Barry and Anita Hansen, grow acres of them, along with a supermarket aisle's worth of vegetables and eight-foot-tall sunflowers, the plot surrounded by the requisite Montana husbandry mix of pigs, chickens, and sheep. Boris Fishman, Smithsonian, "This Lake Is One of Montana’s Best Kept Secrets," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of husbandry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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husbandry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of husbandry

: the activity of raising plants or animals for food

husbandry

noun
hus·​band·​ry | \ˈhəz-bən-drē \

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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