cul·​ti·​va·​tor ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce cultivator (audio)
: one that cultivates
especially : an implement for loosening the soil while crops are growing

Example Sentences

encountered an indigenous people who were experienced cultivators of the soil as well as highly skilled craftsmen
Recent Examples on the Web Today, the state’s cannabis market is suffering amid a glut of sellers, cultivators, and product. Jon Chesto,, 17 Apr. 2023 Each one comes with a starter block of either blue oyster or lion’s mane mushrooms that, if tended to correctly (all an amateur cultivator will need is water, a rubber-band and a knife), can yield up to two pounds of fresh mushrooms over the course of two or three flushes, or crops. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 The cultivator promoted the potential world-record marijuana strain, which was double what a subsequent test revealed. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 All of the state’s roughly 100 medical dispensaries, long with a few dozen cultivators and processors, are required to convert their licenses or shut down by July 1. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2023 This is easiest with a digging fork or cultivator. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 9 Apr. 2023 Add multiple items into your collection with this handy and budget-friendly three-piece set from Ames, which includes a trowel, a cultivator, and a transplanter. Rachel Simon, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2023 The downturn follows a 2021 bear run that drove wholesale prices as low as $300 a pound compared to a high of $3,000 in some years, hurting small, seasonal operators unable to compete with year-round indoor cultivators. Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2023 The cannabis brands are from a partnership between Heavy Metal Entertainment (HME), which owns the license for the brand, and Berkshire Roots, the largest cultivator in the Berkshires. Stu Zakim, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cultivator was in 1661

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“Cultivator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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cul·​ti·​va·​tor ˈkəl-tə-ˌvāt-ər How to pronounce cultivator (audio)
: one that cultivates
especially : a tool or machine to loosen the soil while crops are growing

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