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[mon-uh-kuhl-cher] /ˈmɒn əˌkʌl tʃər/
noun, Agriculture
the use of land for growing only one type of crop.
Also called monocropping
[mon-uh-krop-ing] /ˈmɒn əˌkrɒp ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of monoculture
1910-15; mono- + culture
Related forms
monocultural, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monoculture
  • Which makes sense, the weeds don't have as intense a problems with insects as compared to monoculture farm corps.
  • If you create a monoculture of the oceans, this drastically reduces the systems resilience.
  • Any kind of monoculture, plant or animal, creates an unbalanced ecosystem.
  • It is time to put an end to monoculture and the government grant aid that causes it.
  • It was a monoculture, looking as though planted by a reclusive sort of gardener.
  • However, the current problems were brought about by monoculture.
  • The monoculture is a human product, to cater to human economic needs.
  • Also note, a diverse ecology of approaches may allow for more effective impact than a monoculture.
  • They complained that traditional farming was disrupted and diversity replaced by monoculture.
  • Outcompetes native vegetation and crops, forming its own monoculture.
British Dictionary definitions for monoculture


the continuous growing of one type of crop
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Word Origin and History for monoculture

"cultivation of a single crop when others are possible," 1915, from mono- "single" + culture (n.).

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