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agriculture

Syllabification: ag·ri·cul·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈaɡrəˌkəlCHər
 
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Definition of agriculture in English:

noun

The science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.
Example sentences
  • Success in obtaining the required output of food from agriculture depends on soil fertility.
  • Essentially this ditches almost all animal agriculture except for beef and dairy products.
  • They have opened the way to a new phase in the history of agriculture, animal breeding and husbandry.
Synonyms
farming, cultivation, tillage, tilling, husbandry, land/farm management, horticulture;

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin agricultura, from ager, agr- 'field' + cultura 'growing, cultivation'.

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  • air from (Middle English):

    1 The main modern sense of air, ‘the invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth’ entered English via Old French and Latin from Greek aēr. Aerial (late 16th century), meaning ‘a rod or wire by which signals are transmitted or received’ and ‘existing or happening in the air’, comes from the same source, along with the Italian word aria (early 18th century). Aerobic (late 19th century) is from aēr combined with Greek bios ‘live’.

    2 The senses of air ‘an impression or manner’ and ‘a condescending manner’ (as in she gave herself airs) are probably from a completely different word, Old French aire ‘site, disposition’, which derives from Latin ager ‘field’, the root of English words such as agriculture (Late Middle English). Airy-fairy (mid 19th century) ‘impractical and foolishly idealistic’, was originally used to mean ‘delicate or light as a fairy’. The English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson ( 1809–1892), in his poem ‘Lilian’ ( 1830), described the subject as ‘Airy, fairy Lilian, Flitting, fairy Lilian’. See also gas

Derivatives

agriculturist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Around the middle of the eighteenth century, the breeding of livestock was dramatically changed by Robert Bakewell, an English agriculturist.
  • At North Dakota, as at Minnesota, he was the first professor of agriculture and agriculturist for the agricultural experiment station.
  • It should have major appeal to practicing agriculturists, agricultural advisors, land managers and students of agricultural science, especially upperclassmen.

Words that rhyme with agriculture

sericulture

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