any crop that is considered easily marketable, as wheat or cotton.
a crop for direct sale in a market, as distinguished from a crop for use as livestock feed or for other purposes.
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Origin of cash crop
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for cash crop
a crop grown for sale rather than for subsistence
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