[ mon-uh-kuhl-cher ]

  1. Agriculture.

    • Also called mon·o·crop·ping [mon-uh-krop-ing]. /ˈmɒn əˌkrɒp ɪŋ/. the use of land for growing only one type of crop: They are making the same mistake as the foresters who seek to replace diverse forests with monocultures.

    • Also called monocrop . a crop grown in this manner: The cultivation of crops, especially monocultures like soy, palm oil, and cocoa, is another significant factor in habitat loss.

    • a way of life, worldview, set of popular media touchstones, etc., that is considered emblematic of a dominant culture: The show played an important role in the media monoculture of the 1950s.

    • a single culture considered with respect to its homogeneity: The small island's monoculture changed drastically when it became an international tourist destination.

Origin of monoculture

First recorded in 1910–15; mono- + culture

Other words from monoculture

  • mon·o·cul·tur·al [mon-uh-kuhl-cher-uhl], /ˌmɒn əˈkʌl tʃər əl/, adjective

Words Nearby monoculture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use monoculture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for monoculture


/ (ˈmɒnəʊˌkʌltʃə) /

  1. the continuous growing of one type of crop

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