ro·​to·​till·​er | \ ˈrō-tə-ˌti-lər How to pronounce rototiller (audio) \

Definition of rototiller

: a cultivating implement with engine-powered rotating blades used to lift and turn over soil

Examples of rototiller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While small cultivators are typically manageable, the larger front-end rototillers will give you a workout, particularly in heavy or rocky soils. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Features to Consider Before Buying a Rototiller for Your Garden," 2 Mar. 2020 Plus, the rototiller probably eliminated a lot of them anyway. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "You have options for orchids done flowering," 12 Jan. 2018 And the snowblower, the one some Florida natives mistook for a rototiller? Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Couple who fled Wisconsin gladly prefer their first hurricane to wind chills and snow," 14 Sep. 2017 Cassidy advises against using rototillers in a garden. Kym Pokorny,, "Sand, silt or clay? Texture says a lot about soil," 30 July 2017 Digging your beds up, turning the soil or using a rototiller are all hard work and unnecessary. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Tips for starting your summer garden," 6 Apr. 2017 Does every gardener on the block really need a rototiller? Kris Bordessa, WIRED, "Ten Geeky Ways to Green Up 2011," 28 Dec. 2010

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First Known Use of rototiller

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rototiller

from Rototiller, a trademark

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Cite this Entry

“Rototiller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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