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Nov 11, 2008
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cultivar

PRONUNCIATION:
(KUHL-tuh-var)

MEANING:
noun: A variety of plant that has been produced by selective breeding. A cultivar is developed for specific attributes and retains those attributes in further propagation.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of cultivation + variety.

USAGE:
"For many competitors, growing record-setting vegetables is more business than gardening. Seeds from a consistent winning cultivar can fetch as much as $500 each."
Joe Lamp'l; Giant Pumpkins the Result of Extreme Gardening; Scripps Howard News Service; Oct 27, 2008.

See more usage examples of cultivar in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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I protect my right to be a Catholic by preserving your right to believe as a Jew, a Protestant, or non-believer, or as anything else you choose. We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might some day force theirs on us. -Mario Cuomo, 52nd Governor of New York (b. 1932)

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