uncultivated

adjective

un·​cul·​ti·​vat·​ed ˌən-ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce uncultivated (audio)
: not cultivated: such as
a
: not put under cultivation : not tilled
uncultivated land
uncultivated fields
b
: lacking in education or refinement : uncultured
… a warmhearted, decent, uncultivated fellow …Pauline Kael
c
: growing or developing without care
an uncultivated plant
d
: not developed by training or effort
an uncultivated talent
While sources went uncultivated and leaks dried up, the capital's best reporters were caught by other stories …Richard Behar

Examples of uncultivated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the sprouts are big enough, they are transplanted in uncultivated lands around their town owned or rented by the family. Tucker Harris, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 The land had a decrepit stone barn, an oak forest, and a few small, uncultivated plots. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2023 Untended roadsides and medians, abandoned construction areas and uncultivated spaces in urban and suburban areas are all perfect sites for seed bombing, especially if there are weeds or invasive species already growing there, providing proof the land is fertile. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 Early definitions of this word, dating back to about 1525, referred to plants growing uncultivated in the wild. Miles Marshall Lewis, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Milkweed habitat, which historically has been uncultivated meadows, has been shrinking quickly over the past several decades from expanding development and also faced increasing competition from nonnative weeds. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2023 Inefficient irrigation canals, dug by hand, redirected water from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya - two rivers that originated in the high glaciers of the Tien Shan Mountains - to feed the thirsty monoculture that soon covered millions of hectares of previously uncultivated land. Henry Wismayer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2022 Inefficient irrigation canals, dug by hand, redirected water from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya — two rivers that originated in the high glaciers of the Tien Shan Mountains — to feed the thirsty monoculture that soon covered millions of hectares of previously uncultivated land. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2022 The continent's potential is evident in one statistic: Africa has 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 24 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncultivated was in 1646

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“Uncultivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncultivated. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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