Definition of silviculture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlvɪˌkʌltʃə/


[mass noun]
The growing and cultivation of trees.
Example sentences
  • Central to their beliefs was the idea that small farmers and trees did not mix, that agriculture and silviculture did not mix.
  • Current activities, such as navigation channel dredging, hydroelectric power production, agriculture, and silviculture, will not be stopped by the listing of the sturgeon.
  • Experience from other countries shows that major gains in forest productivity can result from incremental or intensive silviculture combined with improvements to tree species.



Pronunciation: /ˌsɪlvɪˈkʌltʃ(ə)r(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Monoculture plantations and silvicultural thinning create stands with fewer tree species than in natural forests.
  • The solution was to separate agrarian and silvicultural production.
  • Farmers and co-operatives using sound silvicultural management on their farms are encouraged to enter this category.


Pronunciation: /ˌsɪlvɪˈkʌltʃərɪst/
Example sentences
  • Most silviculturists plant 1000 seedlings per hectare at $1.25 per seedling for a cost of $1250.
  • Whitebark pines are what silviculturists term a keystone species of upper subalpine ecosystems.
  • Wells then offers a series of journalistic ‘field trips’ that recount interviews and tours of the forest taken with the forest manager, a silviculturist, an environmental activist, and the forest's recreation planner.


Late 19th century: from French sylviculture, from Latin silva 'wood' + French culture 'cultivation'.

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