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

  • n. The science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants.
  • n. The cultivation of a garden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art or science of cultivating gardens; gardening.
  • n. Small scale agriculture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cultivation of a garden or orchard; the art of cultivating gardens or orchards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cultivation of a garden; the art of cultivating or managing gardens.

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

  • n. the cultivation of plants


Latin hortus, garden; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots + (agri)culture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
17th century, from the Latin word hortus ("garden") + culture (on the model of agriculture). (Wiktionary)



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  • “You can drag a horticulture, but you can't make her think.�?

    --Dorothy Parker (on being challenged to use the word horticulture in a sentence)

    July 2, 2007