[kuhl-tuh-vahr, -ver]

Origin of cultivar

1920–25; blend of cultivated and variety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for cultivar


  1. a variety of a plant that was produced from a natural species and is maintained by cultivation

Word Origin for cultivar

C20: from culti (vated) + var (iety)
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Word Origin and History for cultivar

1923, from culti(vated) var(iety), coined by U.S. horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) in "Gentes Herbarum."

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cultivar in Science


[kŭltə-vär′, -vâr′]
  1. A variety of a plant that has been created or selected intentionally and maintained through cultivation.
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