husbandry

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husband +‎ -ry.

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husbandry (countable and uncountable, plural husbandries)

  1. The occupation or work of a husbandman or farmer; the cultivation of crops and the raising of livestock; agriculture.
    Synonym: agronomy
    • 2015, Elizabeth Royte, Vultures Are Revolting. Here’s Why We Need to Save Them., National Geographic (December 2015)[1]
      On a sunny March day Ogada is traveling with her colleague Munir Virani in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. Virani is here not to study his beloved birds but to speak with herdsmen about their cows. Livestock husbandry, it turns out, is essential to vulture welfare.
  2. The prudent management or conservation of resources.
    Synonyms: economy, frugality, thrift
    • 1623 William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II Scene I
      There's husbandry in heaven, Their candles are all out.
  3. (now chiefly nautical) Administration or management of day-to-day matters.

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