Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Breadbasket'
- a geographic region serving as the principal source of grain
- an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion [syn: stomach, tummy, tum]
- a basket for serving bread
- Breadbasket \Bread"bas`ket\, n.
The stomach. [Humorous] --S. Foote.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Breadbasket'
The breadbasket or the granary of a country is a region which, because of richness of soil and/or advantageous climate, produces an agricultural surplus which is often considered vital for the country as a whole. rice bowl is a similar term used in Southeast Asia. Such regions may be the subject of fierce political disputes which may even escalate into full military conflicts.
The Free State province is often considered the "Breadbasket" of South Africa due to its endless wheat, sunflower and maize fields.
The Overberg region in the Western Cape is also known as the "Breadbasket" of South Africa due to its large wheat fields, as well as fruit growing.
The Chaouia plain south of Casablanca has historically been the breadbasket of Morocco thanks to its fertile soil called Tirs and relatively abundant rainfall (avg. 400 mm/year).[See more about Breadbasket at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]