Definition of rotavator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊtəveɪtə/

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(also rotovator)


A machine with rotating blades for breaking up or tilling the soil.
Example sentences
  • We have been able to come up with an old tractor with a bucket that moves the materials, and we also have a rotovator with which we can mix the materials.
  • I hired a rotavator and got last year's pig pen turned over ready for the sowing of seeds starting next month.
  • He said that it was felt that some of the implements like rotavators and bed planters being very costly, were not within the reach of the farmer.



Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊtəveɪt/
Example sentences
  • The five volunteers who have already signed up have joined the four project staff in ploughing, rotavating and digging the plot to prepare for cultivation.
  • Over 25 years ago the field was rotovated, drained and levelled.
  • One section has also been sown with green manure, including clovers, which grow in the soil but can be rotovated back in.


1930s: blend of rotary + cultivator.

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