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

2. The place planted; land brought under cultivation; a piece of ground planted with trees or useful plants; especially, 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. An original settlement in a new country; a colony. "While these plantations were forming in Connecticut." (B. Trumbull)

Origin: L. Plantatio: cf. F. Plantation.

(01 Mar 1998)