monoculture

noun mono·cul·ture \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkəl-chər \

Definition of monoculture

1 a :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

monocultural

play \ˌmä-nə-ˈkəlch-rəl, -ˈkəl-chə-\ adjective

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1901


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