Definition of polyculture in US English:



  • The simultaneous cultivation or exploitation of several crops or kinds of animals.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’