cultivar

noun
cul·​ti·​var | \ ˈkəl-tə-ˌvär How to pronounce cultivar (audio) , -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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Photo: ); Erin Kestenbaum/6sqft An unusual cultivar can, like a van Gogh, really round out a collection. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018 Even the most dedicated of mango-eaters in India has sampled only a small fraction of the mangoscape, and most lay eaters only know the major commercial cultivars like the Banganapalli, the Alphonso, the Dussehri and the Langda. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, "On the Great Indian Mango Trail," 6 July 2018 The big pumpkins, mini pumpkins, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, and ornamental gourds are all different cultivars of the same species: Cucurbita pepo, which originated in Mexico more than 10,000 years ago. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Is a Fruit and Everything We Know Is a Lie," 21 June 2018 Some cultivars of sweet peas are more fragrant than others. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What type of sweet peas to plant and when to plant them in South Louisiana," 29 Apr. 2018 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

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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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