Share this entry

polyculture Line breaks: poly|cul¦ture
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪkʌltʃə/

Definition of polyculture in English:


[mass noun]
The simultaneous cultivation or exploitation of several crops or kinds of animals: rich pockets of polyculture [count noun]: crop polycultures of legumes grown with corn give about half again the value compared to corn alone
More example sentences
  • Corn was planted at 53,000 plants per ha in both monoculture and polyculture.
  • It is now perfectly possible to make a viable living from vines in Chablis, whereas in the 1950s growers needed both eternal optimism and another crop, so that polyculture was common.
  • The crops grown in polyculture do not compete directly with each other for resources.

Definition of polyculture in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive