Definition of chemurgy in US English:



North American
  • The chemical and industrial use of organic raw materials.

    • ‘In early 1928 Ford became interested in a new agricultural concept - farm chemurgy, which put chemistry and allied sciences to work for agriculture.’
    • ‘Known as chemurgy, the science lost much of its ‘reason for being’ after WWII when the petroleum industry redirected its attention from the war effort to commercial products.’
    • ‘The laboratories might not have been authorized at all were it not for the influence of the chemurgy movement.’
    • ‘There is still opportunity to exploit the chemurgy of formalin and develop new and higher priced adhesives and resins.’
    • ‘I think it's time to return to chemurgy, making plastics from cellulose and farm products.’


1930s: from chemo-, on the pattern of metallurgy.