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[roh-tuh-til-er] /ˈroʊ təˌtɪl ər/
a motorized device having spinning blades perpendicular to the ground and arranged like spokes, used for tilling soil.
Also called rotary tiller.
Origin of rototiller
1920-25; rot(ary) + -o- + tiller1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The measured amount of bentonite was spread over the surface of the aggregate and mixed in with a rototiller.
  • The rule of thumb is to spread compost no more than one third the depth of the rototiller.
  • Chemicals can be added in-situ using only an agricultural rototiller and a water truck.
  • Use a shovel or digging fork, or a rototiller for large areas.
  • Manure was incorporated with a cultivator plus disk, rototiller, or plow.
Word Origin and History for rototiller



1923, from roto-, from Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary) + tiller.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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