monoculture

noun
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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Other Words from monoculture

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

Examples of monoculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But also, the city has not sufficiently diversified from its monoculture casino economy. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Are casinos the answer to Texas’ fiscal troubles?," 31 Dec. 2020 This year, monoculture floundered, but microculture flourished. Jason Kehe, Wired, "2020: The Year of Cancel(l)ed Culture," 21 Dec. 2020 As is the case with so many institutions, a lot of the errors can be chalked up to a political monoculture that quickly hardens biased assumptions into groupthink. Inez Stepman, Star Tribune, "If democracy is shaken, campaign polling is in pieces," 4 Dec. 2020 The street had gone from a rich ecosystem to a monoculture. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around," 2 Dec. 2020 If there is a more waxen emblem of elite monoculture than Joe Biden, none leaps to mind. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "A Laptop Window on the Oligarchy," 20 Oct. 2020 For example, experts point out that the monoculture forests created in China’s 40-year reforestation campaign are not as effective carbon sinks as naturally occurring greenery. Bloomberg.com, "China's Secret to Reaching Carbon-Neutral Goal Raises Questions," 12 Oct. 2020 But Palantir’s public listing shows that entrepreneurs have an alternative to the monoculture of Silicon Valley. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: A SPAC Fund & Palantir’s Public Listing," 29 Sep. 2020 Without intervention, the land would become a monoculture of invasive reeds that can break down and form dense mats, which might ultimately make flooding issues worse, Flynn explains. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "Surrendering to Rising Seas," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of monoculture

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Monoculture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monoculture. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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