Definition of sericulture in English:



mass noun
  • The production of silk and the rearing of silkworms for this purpose.

    • ‘Across the Atlantic, sericulture got its first push in 1609 when James I of England encouraged the production of silk (and discouraged the growing of tobacco) so he could fill English looms.’
    • ‘He said she failed to make much headway in sericulture because the department was neglected over the years.’
    • ‘The original focus industries were pottery, sericulture, carpentry, textiles, coconut fiber, and woven mats.’
    • ‘In its native land it functioned as currency for buying expensive things as well as government offices, and as early as the second millennium B.C. there was a goddess of sericulture.’
    • ‘A few women expressed willingness to train in sericulture and sought the help of the Sericulture Department to market the cocoons.’
    • ‘With food supplies guaranteed by imports from upriver, Pearl River delta farmers turned first to fruit and then to sericulture.’
    • ‘A few large specimens of Morus alba were perhaps reminders of a failed 19th century attempt at sericulture at this site.’
    • ‘As for the development of agriculture and sericulture by the establishment of state institutions to promote the diffusion of the best available techniques, such policies had a longer history in China than in the West.’
    • ‘The aim is to show the children the villagers' lives, and get them to learn about sericulture, agriculture, and the village markets.’
    • ‘For sericulture to flourish in the State, it was about time that its promotion started at the grassroot level.’
    • ‘There were also exhibits on agriculture, sericulture, electronics, space, and marine engineering, to mention a few.’
    • ‘He also introduced sericulture to Mysore and mulberry cultivation was started in 21 locations in the state.’
    • ‘Dyed silk was purchased from Arab and Indian traders until sericulture was introduced on the island in the early nineteenth century.’
    • ‘‘Such events generate great interest in students on the huge returns in store for them, besides encouraging the undergraduates to take up sericulture, which has a huge untapped potential,’ a research scholar explained.’


Mid 19th century: abbreviation of French sériciculture, from late Latin sericum ‘silk’ + French culture ‘cultivation’.