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husbandry

[huhz-buh n-dree] /ˈhʌz bən dri/
noun
1.
the cultivation and production of edible crops or of animals for food; agriculture; farming.
2.
the science of raising crops or food animals.
3.
careful or thrifty management; frugality, thrift, or conservation.
4.
the management of domestic affairs or of resources generally.
Origin of husbandry
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English housebondrie. See husband, -ry
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  • The style of husbandry is exquisitely neat, and in general performed by manual labour.

    The Diary of an Ennuye Anna Brownell Jameson
  • Now, just guess what came into the head of one of our husbandry?

  • In either case you have a husbandry of faith; and in either case you have a grand image of all noble spiritual work.

  • Another reference to this process is made in October's husbandry, vol.

    The Enclosures in England Harriett Bradley
  • These desert roamers despise those Arabs who are engaged in the arts of husbandry.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • Now, are not the best husbandmen those who are most devoted to husbandry?

    The Republic Plato
  • He gave them a code of laws, taught them the arts of husbandry, and showed them the proper rites wherewith to worship the gods.

British Dictionary definitions for husbandry

husbandry

/ˈhʌzbəndrɪ/
noun
1.
farming, esp when regarded as a science, skill, or art
2.
management of affairs and resources
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Word Origin and History for husbandry

c.1300, "management of a household;" late 14c. as "farm management," from husband (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "peasant farmer" (early 13c.) + -ery.

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husbandry in Science
husbandry
  (hŭz'bən-drē)   
The application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding.
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