cultigen

noun
cul·​ti·​gen | \ ˈkəl-tə-jən How to pronounce cultigen (audio) \

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

First Known Use of cultigen

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cultigen

cultivated + -gen

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“Cultigen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cultigens. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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