planter

[plan-ter, plahn-]
noun
1.
a person who plants.
2.
an implement or machine for planting seeds in the ground.
3.
the owner or manager of a plantation.
4.
History/Historical. a colonist or new settler.
5.
a decorative container, of a variety of sizes and shapes, for growing flowers or ornamental plants.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English plaunter. See plant, -er1

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planter (ˈplɑːntə)
 
n
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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The courts were thus initially dominated by the sugar planters and their representatives.
For that reason members of the colony were referred to as old planters.
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