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 sugarcane had been introduced during slavery as a cash crop. Padma Lakshmi, Time, "The Food World Needs to Listen to the Real Cultural Experts, Not Just Use Their Ingredients," 24 June 2020 But time-traveling also carries a risk involving the game’s real cash crop: turnips. Alexis Ong, Ars Technica, "How Animal Crossing’s fake industries let players afford real rent amid COVID-19," 6 May 2020 Thus, supported by good rainfall, tropical weather and mid-altitude plateaus, Kerala was promoted as the best location for producing spices and cash crops for decades. S Gopikrishna Warrier, Quartz India, "Decentralisation and equitable growth: Two lessons for India from the Covid-19 pandemic," 3 May 2020 But mangrove forests and marshes around the world are increasingly vanishing to make way for cash crops like palm oil, according to the new study. Shola Lawal, New York Times, "Fireflies Have a Mating Problem: The Lights Are Always On," 3 Feb. 2020 Their flavor and amenability to simple aquaculture techniques made them a traditional cash crop for Thai, Malaysian, and Vietnamese farmers, who raise them in large outdoor ponds. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Can gender-bending Israeli superprawns help feed the world?," 10 May 2020 That is because farmers usually plant wheat after harvesting their cash crops at that end of summer. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "The U.S. Hasn’t Planted This Little Wheat in More Than a Century," 17 Jan. 2020 Farmers across the country are considering the new cash crop., "“I remain opposed to industrial hemp in South Dakota because of the impact it will have on public safety and law enforcement’s ability to enforce drug laws,” Noem said.," 7 Nov. 2019 To reduce hunting of wild meat, some researchers offer goats to local people or help them farm coffee and other cash crops. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Primatologists work to keep great apes safe from coronavirus," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of cash crop

1868, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Cash crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cash crop

: a crop (such as tobacco or cotton) that is grown to be sold rather than for use by the farmer

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