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[hawr-ti-kuhl-cher] /ˈhɔr tɪˌkʌl tʃər/
the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
the science and art of cultivating such plants.
Origin of horticulture
1670-80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture
Related forms
horticultural, adjective
horticulturist, noun Unabridged
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  • Deciding which kind to use may depend on your horticultural situation.
  • horticultural oils made from minerals, fish and plants cause respiratory collapse in soft-bodied insects and mites.
  • Maybe he would win a prize in the horticultural show.
  • Gerberas are horticultural stars based on appearance alone, but they have another virtue that has nothing to do with good looks.
  • The shop is filled with many horticultural gems for every season.
  • Bordering a garden with pleached trees or an aerial hedge is a centuries-old horticultural practice.
  • The construction master plan includes numerous specialty gardens, a horticultural center and a visitor center.
  • These gardens offer horticultural activities, craft projects and workshops on caring for and planting gardens.
  • The basic claims of the horticultural nativists seem to fall into two categories.
  • Dairy, meat and horticultural export earnings have soared.
British Dictionary definitions for horticultural


of or relating to horticulture
Derived Forms
horticulturally, adverb
horticulturalist, noun


the art or science of cultivating gardens
Derived Forms
horticulturist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture
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Word Origin and History for horticultural

1778, from horticulture + -al (1).



1670s, "cultivation of a garden," fabricated from Latin hortus "garden" (see yard (n.1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.

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horticultural in Culture
horticulture [(hawr-tuh-kul-chuhr)]

The science of cultivating garden plants.

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