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.