Meaning of cultigen in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʌltɪdʒ(ə)n/


  • A plant species or variety known only in cultivation, especially one with no known wild ancestor.

    ‘It is unclear which or how many wild species or cultigens were the progenitors of the extant avocado races.’
    • ‘The period is characterized by the gradual introduction of maize and other tropical cultigens, gradually transforming the resident hunter-gatherer populations into sedentary agricultural communities.’
    • ‘These sites had a domesticated plant system incorporating native and introduced cultigens, while the Mill Creek sites also exhibited a dispersed field location pattern.’
    • ‘If other factors affecting population size had remained constant, the predictable result would have been population growth wherever these crops replaced less efficient cultigens.’
    • ‘During the next five or even ten years, non-grain cultigens dominated; first root crops and then tree crops were cultivated.’


Early 20th century from cultivated (past participle of cultivate) + -gen.