Definition of chemurgy in English:



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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In early 1928 Ford became interested in a new agricultural concept - farm chemurgy, which put chemistry and allied sciences to work for agriculture.’



/ˈkemərjē/ /ˈkɛmərdʒi/


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