cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd How to pronounce cultured (audio) \

Definition of cultured

2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured viruses cultured pearls

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Examples of cultured in a Sentence

the most highly cultured period of the country's long history

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The company is focused on reducing the cost of cultured meat and producing larger quantities. Terence Chea, The Denver Post, "Meat from a lab? Startups cook up alternative to slaughter," 9 July 2019 Hayes also pointed out that cultured meats eliminate concerns about E. coli and other pathogens that can contaminate animal meat during processing. Amanda Little, The New Republic, "The Meat Mogul’s Case For Lab-Grown Beef," 1 July 2019 More From Upstream Regulators in the U.S. are still evaluating whether cultured meats are safe for consumers, and whether they should even be called meat. Jason Bellini, WSJ, "From Grass-Fed to Lab-Grown: How Meat Is Evolving," 11 Dec. 2018 Meat grown in a laboratory from cultured cells is turning that vision into a reality. G. Owen Schaefer, Scientific American, "Lab-Grown Meat," 14 Sep. 2018 Traditional buttermilk was the liquid that was left after churning butter from cultured, or fermented, cream. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "The basics of buttermilk," 12 June 2018 Chef Roger Létourneau, who also went to Belgium with fellow Edmontonian and Biera chef-owner Christine Sandford, complements a thoughtful cocktail menu with creative dishes featuring ingredients often fermented, smoked, pickled, or cultured. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 So, for months, the narrator enjoys a highly cultured environment where the rising tide of anti-Semitism is ignored or simply accepted as a confirmation that the only thing one can do is withdraw. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 Go for high-fat, cultured and/or grass-fed varieties like Plugrá, Kerrygold and Organic Valley. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cultured

circa 1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cultured

: having or showing good education, tastes, and manners
: grown or made under controlled conditions


cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd\

Kids Definition of cultured

1 : having or showing refinement in taste, speech, or manners
2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured pearls

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