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