-culture Also -cultural.
Cultivation or husbandry.
[Latin cultura, growing, cultivation.]
The first words in this form to appear were agriculture (Latin ager, field) and horticulture (Latin hortus, garden). On their model many other terms for the cultivation or growing of specific plants or animals have since been created. See the list below for some examples. Related adjectives are formed in -cultural (agricultural, horticultural).
Terms in which culture refers to a group or section within society that has certain characteristics in common (counterculture, technoculture) are usually regarded as compounds of the noun culture.
Examples of words in -culture
All word sources are from Latin, unless otherwise stated.
|aquaculture||aquatic animals or plants||aqua, water|
|arboriculture||ornamental trees||arbor, tree|
|mariculture||sea fish or other marine life||mare, sea|
|monoculture||cultivation of only one sort of crop||Greek mono, alone or single|
|permaculture||development of sustainable agriculture||a blend of permanent and agriculture|
|sericulture||silk and silkworms||sericum, silk|