cultivar

noun
cul·​ti·​var | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvär, -ˌver\

Definition of cultivar

: an organism and especially one of an agricultural or horticultural variety or strain originating and persistent under cultivation

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Avoid asparagus rust, which produces reddish brown spots on the stems and leaves, by planting resistant cultivars. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 There are new cultivars of sycamores that show good resistance to anthracnose. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 However, plant breeders have developed dozens of new and ever-sweeter cultivars that retain their sugar content for days. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 When used in a mixture, the different grasses offer a variety of attributes that contribute to a diverse stand of lawn grasses that are able to withstand different stresses like shade better than one cultivar by itself. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 Avoid both of these diseases by planting resistant cultivars. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Tastiest Spinach," 15 Feb. 2018 Two types of these cultivars that can grow well in South Florida are the rabbiteye and the southern high bush. Stan Davidson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With patience, blueberries can be grown in containers," 10 July 2018 Other new cultivars come from the American native grapes V. labrusca or V. rupestris. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 The despised ash trees had to be cut down as the emerald ash borer laid waste to the cultivar across the Midwest. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of cultivar

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cultivar

cultivated + variety

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