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

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 Because of its small size, Bermuda does not have large scale monoculture or single variety plants. Karthika Gupta, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Video games have firmly entered the monoculture, and Sonic is here to lead the parade. David Sims, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 Rossellini said that, in part due to industrial farming, the 20 billion chickens around the world are genetically similar, conjuring for comparison a world in which almost all dogs were part of a monoculture of pugs. Gary Shteyngart, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 First, with the shifting of local demographics, as industrialization took over the island’s sugar monoculture, and Puerto Rico’s city-dwellers migrated to the U.S., while those in its rural areas relocated to the towns and cities. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 In some systems, the plants were genetically identical—a monoculture. Anna Funk, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2022 Elms in the wild, buffered by other species, sometimes fared better, a reminder that nature abhors a monoculture. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Although there’d been rap cameos in previous Super Bowl halftimes, this was the culture’s first time as the focus of what’s become one of music’s few monoculture moments each year. Matt Wake |, al, 15 Feb. 2022 In Uganda, where bananas are a staple food, local farmers are exploring both the monoculture model of cultivating a single crop and another promoting genetic diversity. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monoculture

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Monoculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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