Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organism, especially a cultivated plant, such as a banana, not known to have a wild or uncultivated counterpart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant whose origin or selection is primarily due to intentional human activity.

Etymologies

culti(vated) + -gen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From culti(vated) + -gen (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If this population was typical of the Vaup├ęs, it implied that Amazonian coca was a true cultigen; totally dependent on humans for its survival.

    One River

  • It was highly unlikely that a dependent cultigen could be the ancestor of a species that was still capable of surviving under natural conditions.

    One River

  • Trujillo is a true cultigen, grown in the hot desert under irrigation, utterly dependent on humans for its survival.

    One River

  • "Cultivate, culture, they're all the same, though I would say in this country we're more a cultigen than a cultivar.

    A Darker Place

Comments

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  • cultsure?

    September 21, 2009

  • "a plant that has been deliberately altered or selected by humans; ... the result of artificial selection." -- wiki

    October 26, 2008