Meaning of “cash crop” in the English Dictionary


"cash crop" in English

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cash cropnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæʃ ˌkrɒp/ us /ˈkæʃ ˌkrɑːp/

Examples from literature

  • Cotton was our cash crop. 
  • I always raised the usual things—cotton and corn and potatoes and a little truck and that sort of thing—always raised enough to eat for us and the stock—and then some cotton for a cash crop. 
  • The remaining one or two per cent. are produced on farms or plants where chicken culture is the cash crop or chief business of the farmer. 
  • They grow besides strawberries, turnips, corn, potatoes, carrots and raspberries for cash crops. 

(Definition of “cash crop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cash crop" in Business English

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cash cropnoun [ C ]

uk us

COMMERCE a crop (= a plant ) grown by someone to sell rather than to eat or use themselves:

Rice is now the main cash crop of nine-tenths of the farmers in Punjab.

(Definition of “cash crop” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)