crop·​land ˈkräp-ˌland How to pronounce cropland (audio)
: land that is suited to or used for crops

Examples of cropland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, a herd of 30 spent two months eating its way through a village’s cropland in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Oct. 2023 Humanity has unearthed huge quantities of the element, which winds up in waterways instead of returning to cropland. WIRED, 20 Jan. 2023 But Méndez-Barrientos’ team found that many plans ignored solutions that limit water demand, such as switching to less water-intensive crops, restricting pumping or leaving some croplands fallow. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 It’s surrounded by a dry valley, scrub, tallgrass, croplands and dirt. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2023 In past floods, Boswell made strategic cuts in its levees to allow certain sectors of its cropland to be flooded and then held off planting those fields until the water receded. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 In California, years of drought were washed away this spring with so much water that a long-dormant lake re-emerged over a huge stretch of cropland. Mitch Smith, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Yet even if fertilizer runoff stopped tomorrow, the algae threat would persist for decades or more because there is already so much phosphorus tied up in cropland soils and lake sediment. New York Times, 9 July 2023 Its customers will eventually include farmers and ranchers with relatively large croplands in rural areas and in the global south, Geach says. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cropland was in 1846

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“Cropland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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crop·​land ˈkräp-ˌland How to pronounce cropland (audio)
: land on which crops are grown

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