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[mass noun] The simultaneous cultivation or exploitation of several crops or kinds of animals:‘rich pockets of polyculture’[count noun] ‘crop polycultures of legumes grown with corn give about half again the value compared to corn alone’
- ‘However, the seeds of this change were sown much earlier, in the transition from peasant polyculture to specialized small farming.’
- ‘Corn was planted at 53,000 plants per ha in both monoculture and polyculture.’
- ‘We have here a lesson not only in secure decentralization, but the security of polyculture, superior to the insecurity of monoculture.’
- ‘It is now perfectly possible to make a viable living from vines in Chablis, whereas in the 1950s growers needed both eternal optimism and another crop, so that polyculture was common.’
- ‘The crops grown in polyculture do not compete directly with each other for resources.’
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