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Domesticate   /dəmˈɛstəkˌeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. domesticated; pres. part. domesticating)
Adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment.  Synonyms: cultivate, naturalise, naturalize, tame.  "Tame the soil"
Overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable.  Synonyms: domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame.  "Reclaim falcons"
Make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans.  Synonym: tame.  "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"

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"Domesticate" Quotes from Famous Books

... agriculture this epoch offers nothing more remarkable than the construction of nine reservoirs for irrigation purposes and the digging of a large canal in Yamashiro province. It is also thought worthy of historical notice that a Korean prince unsuccessfully attempted to domesticate bees on ...
— A History of the Japanese People - From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era • Frank Brinkley and Dairoku Kikuchi

... ceasing to be spoken, survived only in these farces, were at least so near akin to the Romans, that their dialect was immediately understood by a Roman audience: for how else could the Romans have derived any amusement from the Atellanae? So completely did they domesticate this species of drama that Roman youths, of noble families, enamoured of this entertainment, used to exhibit it on their festivals; on which account even the players who acted in the Atellane fables for money enjoyed peculiar privileges, being exempt from the ...
— Lectures on Dramatic Art - and Literature • August Wilhelm Schlegel trans John Black

... chance of harm. If intruders try to attack the farmyard, the ants drive them away by biting and lacerating them. Sir John Lubbock, who has paid great attention to the mutual relations of ants and aphides, has even shown that various kinds of ants domesticate various species of aphis. The common brown garden-ant, one of the darkest skinned among our English races, 'devotes itself principally to aphides which frequent twigs and leaves'; especially, so far as I have myself observed, ...
— Falling in Love - With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science • Grant Allen

... would require forty-nine years to reach a point of intelligence which would enable our self-taught generation to give up their ancient and inveterate habits of wandering hunters and settle down here and there to till the ground, harvest their crops, domesticate animals, and weave their rough garments. Six months later, or half through the fiftieth year, some of them, in a particularly favorable situation, would have invented writing and thus established a new and wonderful ...
— The Mind in the Making - The Relation of Intelligence to Social Reform • James Harvey Robinson

Words linked to "Domesticate" :   break, animate being, plant, modify, flora, brute, break in, fauna, change, domesticise, animal, accommodate, beast, plant life, alter, creature, adapt

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