mono·​cul·​ture | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce monoculture (audio) \

Definition of monoculture

1a : the cultivation or growth of a single crop or organism especially on agricultural or forest land
b : a crop or a population of a single kind of organism grown on land in monoculture
c : growth consisting of a single crop, plant, or organism The plant forms a thick monoculture that cuts down on the variety of plants and birdlife in the marsh …— James Gorman
2 : a culture dominated by a single element : a prevailing culture marked by homogeneity

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monocultural \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈkəlch-​rəl How to pronounce monocultural (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective

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Sugar cane was brought by Columbus, and the non-monoculture style of agriculture — where mango trees, corn stalks, banana bushes and manioc plants grow right next to sugar — results in super-rich soil., "How the Haitian spirit clairin is more like mezcal than rum," 9 July 2019 While there of course exists some degree of overt discrimination against conservatives, the reasons for the monoculture reach well beyond overt discrimination. David French, National Review, "Social-Media Censorship Is the Product of Culture and Commerce," 6 June 2019 The change, which coincides with the rise of European colonization in Australia, became more pronounced during the past 70 years, a time marked by widespread water pollution from clearing the land, raising livestock and growing monoculture crops. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 One grape scientist who isn’t involved with the VitisGen research said the shift towards global grape monoculture began in the late 1800s. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Something is lost in this shift away from monoculture and into aesthetic alcoves, but only the rigidly nostalgic will insist nothing has been gained. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Comics Select Their Audiences as Carefully as Their Jokes," 5 Feb. 2018 That might seem unlikely, except that botanists can cite examples where excessive crop monoculture led to disaster. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 The Funky Pink begonia has the ability to be stand alone in a monoculture basket or container and look dazzling. Norman Winter, sacbee, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 6 July 2018 There’s also a tremendous amount of perspective that startups miss out on by having this monoculture. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Rand Fishkin’s Tales From the Startup World," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of monoculture

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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