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ser·i·cul·ture / ˈseriˌkəlchər/ • n. the production of silk and the rearing of silkworms for this purpose. DERIVATIVES: ser·i·cul·tur·al / ˌseriˈkəlchərəl/ adj. ser·i·cul·tur·ist / ˌseriˈkəlchərist/ n.

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sericulture cultivation of silk. XIX. Shortened — F. sériciculture, f. late L. sēricum silk, n. of sēricus; see SERGE, CULTURE.