One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The science of fruit-growing.
- ‘In the area of horticulture and pomology, the ability to use asexual reproduction after crossing opens a broad prospect in the application of distant hybridization.’
- ‘The fourth and final section gives consideration to the three basic areas of horticulture: ornamental, olericulture and pomology.’
- ‘We maintain a pomology lending library with the catalog on our Web site (www.nafex.org).’
- ‘Modern state pomology, oriented towards the grower rather than the consumer, and tending to consider the orchard first, then the tree, the crop and finally the quality of the individual fruit, has turned pomology in new directions.’
Early 19th century: from Latin pomum ‘fruit’ + -logy.
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