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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science, art, and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of livestock; tillage; husbandry; farming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of live stock; tillage; husbandry; farming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cultivation of the ground; especially, cultivation with the plow and in large areas in order to raise food for man and beast; husbandry; tillage; farming.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large-scale farming enterprise
  • n. the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
  • n. the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862
  • n. the class of people engaged in growing food

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin agrīcultūra : agrī, genitive of ager, field; see agro- in Indo-European roots + cultūra, cultivation; see culture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin agricultura, from ager, "field" + cultura, "cultivation". See acre, and culture. (Wiktionary)

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