[plan-ter, plahn-]
a person who plants.
an implement or machine for planting seeds in the ground.
the owner or manager of a plantation.
History/Historical. a colonist or new settler.
a decorative container, of a variety of sizes and shapes, for growing flowers or ornamental plants.

1350–1400; Middle English plaunter. See plant, -er1 Unabridged
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planter (ˈplɑːntə)
1.  the owner or manager of a plantation
2.  a machine designed for rapid, uniform, and efficient planting of seeds in the ground
3.  a colonizer or settler
4.  a decorative pot or stand for house plants

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Example sentences
It's heavy, so build the planter in sections that can be screwed together
Even more fancifully, the embroidery expands for philosophical utterances on
  the part of the gentle planter.
The small farmer in his log cabin, raising varied crops, was displaced by the
  planter raising cotton.
As a result, the region also gave rise to a planter aristocracy.
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