horticulture

[hawr-ti-kuhl-cher]
noun
1.
the cultivation of a garden, orchard, or nursery; the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants.
2.
the science and art of cultivating such plants.

Origin:
1670–80; < Latin hort(us) garden + (agr)iculture

horticultural, adjective
horticulturist, noun
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horticulture (ˈhɔːtɪˌkʌltʃə)
 
n
the art or science of cultivating gardens
 
[C17: from Latin hortus garden + culture, on the model of agriculture]
 
horti'culturist
 
n

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horticulture
1678, coined as if from L. *horticultura "cultivation of a garden," from hortus "garden" (see yard (1)) + cultura (see culture); probably on model of agriculture. Famously punned upon by Dorothy Parker.
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Cultural Dictionary
horticulture [(hawr-tuh-kul-chuhr)]

The science of cultivating garden plants.

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The head peach horticulturist left the job a couple of years ago.
Students will ask relevant questions after listening to the horticulturist describe her job responsibilities.
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