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

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(Horticulture) a species of plant that is known only as a cultivated form and did not originate from a wild type
[C20: from culti(vated) + -gen]
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(ˈkʌl tɪ dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn)

a cultivated plant of unknown or obscure taxonomic origin.
[1920–25; culti (vated) + -gen]
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At Pulltrouser Swamp, also in northern Belize, Pohl and her colleagues [19] recovered similar evidence of cultigen pollen and forest disturbance between 3400 and 3000 BC, with frequent maize pollen by 2400 BC.
Young remarked on seeing "wild sisal"-a transplanted cultigen native to Mexico--another result of failed colonial agriculture.
South American Lupine and the Process of Decline in the World Cultigen Inventory, Journal d'Agriculture tropicale et de Botanique appliquee (Paris), 19(45), 85-92.
Cultigen means within each treatment were separated by least significant difference (LSD) at [alpha] = 0.05.
The social effects of such differences in labour can be seen when observing seaweed farmers who use the same artful hands and thoughtful minds to groom their children's hair at twilight that they use to clean their cultigen during the day.
Radish can now be found as a cultigen throughout the world in many different forms, from small leafy annuals to biennials with large fleshy roots.
Ina similar vein, Koba Jawa's adherence to a distinctive clan nursing recipe (Soya bean and maize) may be explained by its connection with the clan's name ('Soya vines') anda clan plant taboo, as well as the clan's singular status as the only group named after an edible cultigen. The clan's association with Soya vines, moreover, is, equally unusually, described in a myth.
Salvia is a cultigen, that is to say it does not seed and is cultivated through branches of an existing plant (Valdes et.
'The Proto-Aslian language had nouns for "the rice-plant," "the rice-grain," "pestle," "mortar" and a verb for "to winnow," all of which were inherited from earlier periods (Proto-Mon-Khmer or even Proto-Austro-Asiatic).' (29) This source for Aslian words related to rice implies that it was an ancient cultigen on the peninsula, making rice's subsequent relative invisibility perplexing.
judaicum, an annual wild taxon and a member of the tertiary genepool of the cultigen (Ladizinsky and Adler, 1976).