[ kuhl-tuh-juh n, -jen ]
/ ˈkʌl tə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /


a cultivated plant of unknown or obscure taxonomic origin.

Origin of cultigen

First recorded in 1920–25; culti(vated) + -gen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for cultigen

/ (ˈkʌltɪdʒən) /


a species of plant that is known only as a cultivated form and did not originate from a wild type

Word Origin for cultigen

C20: from culti (vated) + -gen
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Scientific definitions for cultigen

[ kŭltə-jən ]

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