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Definitions for plantation
plænˈteɪ ʃənplan·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plantationnoun

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

  2. Plantationnoun

    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, plantationnoun

    garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth


  1. plantationnoun

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

  2. plantationnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plantationnoun

    Etymology: plantatio, from planto, Latin.

    As swine are to gardens and orderly plantations, so are tumults to parliaments. Charles I .

    Some peasants
    Of the same soil their nursery prepare,
    With that of their plantation; lest the tree
    Translated should not with the soil agree. Dryden.

    Whose rising forests, not for pride or show,
    But future buildings, future navies grow:
    Let his plantations stretch from down to down,
    First shade a country, and then raise a town. Alexander Pope.

    Virgil , with great modesty in his looks, was seated by Calliope in the midst of a plantation of laurel. Addison.

    Planting of countries is like planting of woods; the principal thing, that hath been the destruction of most plantations, hath been the base and hasty drawing of profit in the first years; speedy profit is not to be neglected, as far as may stand with the good of the plantation. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Episcopacy must be cast out of this church, after possession here, from the first plantation of christianity in this island. Charles I .


  1. Plantation

    A plantation is an agricultural estate, generally centered on a plantation house, meant for farming that specializes in cash crops, usually mainly planted with a single crop, with perhaps ancillary areas for vegetables for eating and so on. The crops that are grown include cotton, cannabis, coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar cane, opium, sisal, oil seeds, oil palms, fruits, rubber trees and forest trees. Protectionist policies and natural comparative advantage have sometimes contributed to determining where plantations are located. In modern use the term is usually taken to refer only to large-scale estates, but in earlier periods, before about 1800, it was the usual term for a farm of any size in the southern parts of British North America, with, as Noah Webster noted, "farm" becoming the usual term from about Maryland northwards. It was used in most British colonies, but very rarely in the United Kingdom itself in this sense. There, as also in America, it was used mainly for tree plantations, areas artificially planted with trees, whether purely for commercial forestry, or partly for ornamental effect in gardens and parks, when it might also cover plantings of garden shrubs.Among the earliest examples of plantations these were the latifundia of the Roman Empire, which produced large quantities of grain, 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 colonialism.


  1. plantation

    A plantation is a large farm or estate on which crops such as coffee, sugar, tobacco, cotton, and other such products are grown, typically by resident labor or by utilizing slave labor. These plantations are usually established by colonial or plantation economies, mostly in tropical or subtropical regions. They often involve a significant amount of land and utilize industrial farming methods for large-scale production.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plantationnoun

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

  2. Plantationnoun

    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

  3. Plantationnoun

    an original settlement in a new country; a colony

  4. 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. Jerald Podair:

    You could draw a line from the antebellum South to the economics of the South today, from the time of the Southern plantation owners, there have been a small group of people in the South who hold the power economically and they don't really distribute the wealth that's created in a democratic way.

  2. 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.

  3. Link Starbureiy:

    Life on the plantation can be calm. You can even be happy and find fulfillment on the plantation. It may be possible to be friends with the plantation owner. Heck, the plantation owner might even let you run the plantation. But, all of these privileges are only afforded to you as long as you stay on the plantation.

  4. Sebastien Oulai:

    It's only in 2013 that I started to pay for fertiliser and began treating my plantation (with fungicides and insecticides) because I saw that production was slipping each year.

  5. Ana Maria Gazmuri:

    We are working with around 20 local governments, looking at a large plantation to optimize resources.

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