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
Recent Examples on the Web The nuggets, the video reveals, are made from Ian—cultured from a scrape of his skin cells. Nathaniel Rich, WSJ, "Why the Planet Needs Cute Monsters," 30 Apr. 2021 Padnos, a cultured polyglot, had packed his middle-aged head with poetry. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, "The Awful Wisdom of the Hostage," 5 Apr. 2021 The cells are cultured and grown into muscle and fat tissues. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates Wants Us to Eat 100% Synthetic Beef. He Has a Point.," 19 Feb. 2021 Bond Pet Foods, which just made its first batch of cell-cultured chicken protein last August, has its eyes set on 2023. Shelby Vittek, Smithsonian Magazine, "We Won’t Be the Only Ones Eating Lab-Grown Meat—Our Pets Will Too," 22 Apr. 2021 Eat Just permission to produce and sell cell-cultured meat. Brian Kateman, Forbes, "If The U.S. Is A Nation Of Innovation, Why Aren’t We Embracing Cell-Cultured Meat?," 12 Apr. 2021 Opportunity for long-term change Proponents of cell-cultured meat often highlight the enormous potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with intensive livestock farming. Thin Lei Win, The Christian Science Monitor, "Could plant-based meat open up space for lab-grown varieties?," 24 Sep. 2020 TrueAlgae carefully separates the algae biomass from the nutrient dense water and sells this cultured water, TrueSolum, to farmers. Nav Athwal, Forbes, "How Algae Can Help Feed The World," 12 Apr. 2021 Mission Barns, is one of a handful of fast-growing companies pursuing meat that is grown in a lab from cultured animal cells, rather than from raising and slaughtering whole animals. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Company on a quest for ‘kosher bacon’ raises $24 million for its lab-grown fat," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cultured

circa 1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cultured was circa 1746

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11 May 2021

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“Cultured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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