The science, art, and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming.
[Middle English, from Latin agrīcultūra : agrī, genitive of ager, field; see agro- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + cultūra, cultivation; see CULTURE.]
ag′ri·cultur·ist, ag′ri·cultur·al·ist n.
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