One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of land) not used for growing crops.
unwanted, excess, superfluous, left over, scrap, extra, unused, useless, worthlessView synonyms
- ‘Much of the land remains uncultivated partly because its ownership is questionable, partly because its owners have moved away or are dead and mostly because there is no machinery to do the heavy work.’
- ‘In a census year a piece of uncultivated land was not taxed until the following census.’
- ‘Native prairie grasses and plants blanket the uncultivated tribal land.’
- ‘He, too, knew what it was like to look at an empty, uncultivated piece of land and imagine it blossoming with trees.’
- ‘It is also one of the reasons why these signs may be taken to signify uncultivated territory and places where wild animals roam.’
- ‘The power of feudal lords was reduced, and the richest settlers progressively gained control of uncultivated land.’
- ‘Under these systems, one third to one half of the land was uncultivated each year, while the cultivated land yielded only four or five units of harvested grain for each unit sown.’
- ‘Most farmers could only harvest one crop per season due to the minimal rainfall common to the area, and thus left their land uncultivated and searched for alternative sources of income.’
- ‘The land is mostly uncultivated and, the driver tells them, when the monsoon passes, the area is a desert.’
- ‘Usually uncultivated and fallow lands need cleaning and leveling.’
- ‘The characteristic landscape of Merovingian villages is a settlement composed of scattered little hamlets, with a multitude of little fields separated by uncultivated lands.’
- ‘They leased uncultivated land to the owners of huge flocks of sheep.’
- ‘Nearly all processed nuts came from uncultivated trees growing in wild populations.’
- ‘An appeal has gone out to farmers not to plough uncultivated land.’
- ‘Nest boxes were on strips of uncultivated land planted with young trees among three cultivated fields, adjacent to a wooded area with large trees.’
- ‘Leaving one-half or one-third of the land uncultivated each year had become a widespread practice in the Middle Ages as a way to restore nutrients.’
- ‘The Earth's rice production must expand by about 1 percent annually to meet increasing demand, and almost no available uncultivated land is suited to intensive agriculture.’
- ‘He pushed through a law which enabled the landless to take over some uncultivated land last year.’
- ‘We are aware of no such studies of wild legumes growing in uncultivated soils.’
- ‘They grew up together on the moors: the wild, rough and uncultivated terrain.’
- 1.1 (of a person) not highly educated or socially adept.
untaught, unschooled, ill-educated, untutored, untrained, unread, unscholarly, illiterate, unlettered, ignorant, ill-informed, uninformed, lowbrowView synonyms
- ‘‘How can such an uncultivated man govern the country?’’
- ‘Who was this uncultivated person to introduce such base objects to a serious discussion?’
- ‘This book does a fair job of describing the loggers themselves, uncultivated men for whom an ancient tree is nothing more than a potential fee.’
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