cash crop


Definition of cash crop

: a readily salable crop (such as cotton or tobacco) produced or gathered primarily for market

Examples of cash crop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country’s tropical climate makes for an ideal place to cultivate the plant — and the government has taken steps to establish it as a cash crop. Karina Tsui, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 His predecessor as doctor-administrator had survived an assassination attempt, and invading beetles had ravaged the island’s only cash crop—its coconut trees. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 16 May 2022 The move is the latest step in Thailand's plan to promote cannabis as a cash crop. Heather Chen, CNN, 11 May 2022 The move is the latest step in Thailand's plan to promote cannabis as a cash crop. Heather Chen, CNN, 11 May 2022 But a lucrative new cash crop is now promising to help keep the kibbutz movement alive: cannabis. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022 As northern investors established textile mills, cotton became a cash crop. Alia Malik, ajc, 10 Feb. 2022 The crops that painted the 12-hour-long drive from Addis to Harar — teff, sorghum and coffee — were now replaced by a green blanket of khat, an ancient stimulant now turned into the most lucrative cash crop. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2022 And cashews could become a cash crop for farmers in a wider range of countries. Aryn Baker, Time, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cash crop

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cash crop was in 1868

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13 Jul 2022

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“Cash crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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