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 monocultural (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective

Examples of monoculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leading into the Emmys, prognosticators seemed to think the show would either sweep the many categories in which it was nominated and mark the end of the television monoculture or tip-toe away with a couple of smaller wins. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Game of Thrones' 2019 Emmys Performance Was Almost as Divisive as Its Final Season," 23 Sep. 2019 Agribusinesses create monocultures that destroy habitat and eliminate historic varieties. The Economist, "The foody benefits of farming vertically," 29 Aug. 2019 The increasing incidence of monocultures—huge swathes of a single crop grown over enormous areas—are heavily dependent on synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and antibiotics. Anna Davies, Quartz, "Solo dining is bad for our mental health—and for the planet," 4 Nov. 2019 Vast expanses of monocultures provide banquets for certain pests. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 Didn’t soybeans embody everything wrong with industrial agriculture, from monoculture to deforestation? Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Oatly and the quest for the perfect alt-milk," 14 Aug. 2019 The agricultural practice of corn monoculture alongside petrochemical fertilizers and herbicides are degrading our soil, making our farmlands less fertile every year. Matthew Wadiak, Quartz, "In the age of farm-to-table, only a small fraction of US farmers are profitable," 15 Oct. 2019 The Super Bowl halftime show remains one of the last bastions of television monoculture, with more than 100 million viewers usually tuning in to watch the game. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are your Super Bowl halftime performers," 26 Sep. 2019 For example, emphasis on monoculture (grapes) prompts growers to clear stream beds to expand vineyards. Dave Mcintyre | Special To The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Oregon winemaker challenges efforts to make vineyards more sustainable," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of monoculture

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of monoculture was in 1901

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“Monoculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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