swidden


swidden
/swid"n/, n.
a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation.
[1951; special use of dial. (N England) swidden area of moor from which vegetation has been burned off, n. use of swidden, swithen to singe < ON svithna to be singed, deriv. of svitha to singe (cf. dial. swithe, ME swithen)]

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  • swidden — noun An area of land that has been cleared by cutting the vegetation and burning it …   Wiktionary

  • swidden — [ swɪd(ə)n] noun the practice of clearing land for cultivation by slashing and burning vegetation. ↘an area of land cleared in this way. Origin C18 (as v.): var. of dialect swithen to burn …   English new terms dictionary

  • swidden — swid·den …   English syllables

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  • Laotian society — is above all else characterized by semi independent rural villages engaged in subsistence agricultural production. Ethnic, geographic, and ecological differences create variations in the pattern of village life from one part of the country to… …   Wikipedia


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