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  1. a person or thing that cultivates.
  2. an implement drawn between rows of growing plants to loosen the earth and destroy weeds.
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Origin of cultivator

First recorded in 1655–65; cultivate + -or2
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Related Words for cultivator

rancher, peasant, laborer, producer, grower, tender, reaper, gardener, agriculturist, clodhopper, horticulturist, villein, homesteader, gleaner, feeder, planter, agriculturalist, cropper, sower, sharecropper

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Historical Examples of cultivator

  • The trees, laden with fruit, seemed to have repaid the labour of the cultivator.

    Six Letters From the Colonies

    Robert Seaton

  • Then the trench is evenly filled with earth and the cultivator follows.

  • What would the farmer say if you gave him a cultivator but no plough?

  • Of one other burden of the same species he relieved the cultivator.

  • The harrow, the cultivator, and the plow should be kept busy.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

British Dictionary definitions for cultivator


  1. a farm implement equipped with shovels, blades, etc, used to break up soil and remove weeds
  2. a person or thing that cultivates
  3. a person who grows, tends, or improves plants or crops
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Word Origin and History for cultivator


1660s, noun of action (in Latin form) from cultivate. As the name of an agricultural tool, from 1759.

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