cul·​ti·​var ˈkəl-tə-ˌvär How to pronounce cultivar (audio)
: an organism and especially one of an agricultural or horticultural variety or strain originating and persistent under cultivation

Examples of cultivar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American Daylily Society website celebrates the naming of the 100,000th cultivar and has great photos and information. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 May 2024 Look for compact cultivars with burgundy or deep plum foliage that contrasts with the bright flowers, or a green variety covered in drifts of white blooms. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 10 May 2024 But cultivars, which have been selected at one time or another for their fruit, yield, or hardiness, are clones. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 4 May 2024 Payment options secure and private As a prominent global cannabis seed bank, Seed Supreme provides a vast selection of more than 1500 cultivars from renowned breeders. Anna Miller, Sacramento Bee, 26 Apr. 2024 Some people advocate planting native plants exclusively, and forgetting about plants that are known as cultivars. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 20 Apr. 2024 Some cultivars were bred to be more compact, while others can scramble to 100 feet high or taller. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 8 Apr. 2024 Some cultivars tolerate rust, but intolerant cultivars can defoliate completely. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Some cultivars have little green markings here and there. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History


cultivated + variety

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cultivar was in 1923

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“Cultivar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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