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.
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- n. A plant whose origin or selection is primarily due to intentional human activity.
If this population was typical of the Vaupés, it implied that Amazonian coca was a true cultigen; totally dependent on humans for its survival.
It was highly unlikely that a dependent cultigen could be the ancestor of a species that was still capable of surviving under natural conditions.
Trujillo is a true cultigen, grown in the hot desert under irrigation, utterly dependent on humans for its survival.
"Cultivate, culture, they're all the same, though I would say in this country we're more a cultigen than a cultivar.