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[woo d-kraft, -krahft] /ˈwʊdˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
skill in anything that pertains to the woods or forest, especially in making one's way through the woods or in hunting, trapping, etc.
forestry (defs 1, 2).
the art of making or carving wooden objects.
Origin of woodcraft
1300-50; Middle English; see wood1, craft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No imagination of a great artist had David Hautville, but his music was to him like his woodcraft.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The imagination delights in the woodcraft of Indians, trappers, and bee-hunters.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • This is excellent training in woodcraft as well as a fascinating game.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • woodcraft also enables the scout to find his way, no matter where he is.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Both were composed of picked men, skilled in woodcraft, and excellent marksmen.

  • No woodcraft education is complete without a knowledge of archery.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • He knew enough of woodcraft to break a branch here and turn a stone there to mark his way.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • Gummidge and I were fairly good at woodcraft, but the marks in the grass baffled us.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • A moleskin vest constitutes a graduation in woodcraft so to speak.

  • Full of nature and woodcraft, and the shrewd philosophy of “California John.”

    Odd Numbers Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for woodcraft


noun (mainly US & Canadian)
ability and experience in matters concerned with living in a wood or forest
ability or skill at woodwork, carving, etc
skill in caring for trees
Derived Forms
woodcraftsman, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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