Definition of monoculture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌkəlCHər/


The cultivation of a single crop in a given area.
Example sentences
  • The necessity for crop protection emerged with agriculture not because of any practice of monoculture but because crops were now being grown in areas outside where they originated.
  • The fields flourished but with such vast areas of monoculture, farmers had to use massive amounts of chemical pesticides.
  • Reports from the West Indies during the second half of the century indicate the steady advance of sugar cultivation, although sugar monoculture was certainly not the case in these islands.



Pronunciation: /ˌmänəˈkəlCHərəl/
Example sentences
  • One crop might fail, but another will survive - there are heartbreaks here too, but no single moment of crisis, as with a monocultural cash crop.
  • In regions such as the Mitidja plain inland of Algiers and in parts of Oranais, viticulture had acquired monocultural status.
  • There is another unseen environmental problem intrinsic to this shift to the export mode: monocultural production, which raises enormous environmental problems.

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Syllabification: mon·o·cul·ture

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