What does plantation mean?

Definitions for plantation
plænˈteɪ ʃənplan·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plantation(noun)

    an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)

  2. Plantation(noun)

    a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)

    "the practice of sending convicted criminals to serve on the Plantations was common in the 17th century"

  3. grove, woodlet, orchard, plantation(noun)

    garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth


  1. plantation(Noun)

    Large farm; estate or area of land designated for agricultural growth. Often includes housing for the owner and workers.

    Etymology: Latin plantatio, from perfect passive participle plantatus, from verb plantare, + noun of action suffix -tio

  2. plantation(Noun)

    The importation of large numbers of workers and soldiers to displace the local population, such as in medieval Ireland and in the Caribbean.

    Etymology: Latin plantatio, from perfect passive participle plantatus, from verb plantare, + noun of action suffix -tio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plantation(noun)

    the act or practice of planting, or setting in the earth for growth

    Etymology: [L. plantatio: cf. F. plantation.]

  2. Plantation(noun)

    the place planted; land brought under cultivation; a piece of ground planted with trees or useful plants; esp., in the United States and West Indies, a large estate appropriated to the production of the more important crops, and cultivated by laborers who live on the estate; as, a cotton plantation; a coffee plantation

    Etymology: [L. plantatio: cf. F. plantation.]

  3. Plantation(noun)

    an original settlement in a new country; a colony

    Etymology: [L. plantatio: cf. F. plantation.]


  1. Plantation

    A plantation is a long, artificially-established forest, farm or estate, where crops are grown for sale, often in distant markets rather than for local on-site consumption. The term plantation is informal and not precisely defined. Plantations are grown on a large scale as the crops grown are for commercial purpose Crops grown on plantations include fast-growing trees, cotton, coffee, tobacco, sugar cane, sisal, some oil seeds and rubber trees. Farms that produce alfalfa, Lespedeza, clover, and other forage crops are usually not called plantations. The term "plantation" has usually not included large orchards, but does include the planting of trees for lumber. A plantation is always a monoculture over a large area and does not include extensive naturally occurring stands of plants that have economic value. Because of its large size, a plantation takes advantage of economies of scale. Protectionist policies and natural comparative advantage have contributed to determining where plantations have been located. Among the earliest examples of plantations were the latifundia of the Roman Empire, which produced large quantities of wine and olive oil for export. Plantation agriculture grew rapidly with the increase in international trade and the development of a worldwide economy that followed the expansion of European colonial empires. Like every economic activity, it has changed over time. Earlier forms of plantation agriculture were associated with large disparities of wealth and income, foreign ownership and political influence, and exploitative social systems such as indentured labor and slavery. The history of the environmental, social and economic issues relating to plantation agriculture are covered in articles that focus on those subjects.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plantation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plantation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of plantation in a Sentence

  1. Bienvenu Bago:

    When I am better, I will go back to my plantation. I can't do anything else. I have to eat.

  2. Raphael Kouame:

    The trees need more sun. The weather is too wet in the plantation, brown rot is a concern for farmers.

  3. Kambire Ouedraogo:

    My plantation is 30-years-old. In the beginning I got 15 to 17 tonnes of cocoa, but disease has lowered that to seven or eight.

  4. The Rev. Gilbert Walker:

    I became interested in Cuba hearing the stories of my great-grandparents and my grandmother. She lived until she was about 11 or 12 on a small sugar plantation in Chaparra, in eastern Cuba.

  5. Alan Lim:

    It is not a surprise as the Australia Bureau of Meteorology has formally announced the El Nino since May 2015. Hence, the market had already look ahead into lower FFB production by plantation companies, the net impact to earnings is not expected to be huge, as CPO prices usually increase during the period of insufficient supply globally. Historically, the impact of CPO prices to earnings will more than offset the loss in FFB production.

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