cultigen

noun cul·ti·gen \ ˈkəl-tə-jən \

Definition of cultigen

: a cultivated or domestic organism (such as the kidney bean Phaseolus vulgaris, the dog Canis familiaris, or corn Zea mays) which has diverged enough while in domestication or cultivation from its ancestors or closest wild relatives to be classified as a species, subspecies, or major variety

Origin and Etymology of cultigen

cultivated + -gen


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