Definition of slash-and-burn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌslaSH ˌən ˈbərn/


1Relating to or denoting a method of agriculture in which existing vegetation is cut down and burned off before new seeds are sown, typically used as a method for clearing forest land for farming.
Example sentences
  • For most of human history this has involved sustainable methods of land use such as small-scale slash-and-burn farming.
  • Furthermore, the slash-and-burn method of land clearance is better for soil properties, both physical and chemical, than mechanical clearance.
  • While many of its Central American neighbors were clearing forests to make way for slash-and-burn agriculture, Belize has been making far more money keeping the trees in place.
1.1Aggressive and merciless: her slash-and-burn campaigning style
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  • To be fair, it is not the only company which will be cutting payouts this year, although it is doubtful many will engage in quite such a drastic slash-and-burn exercise.
  • When it becomes clear that the association's slash-and-burn campaign hasn't stopped file sharing, musicians will start to wonder if there's a better way to move forward.
  • Many at the local level saw this move as undemocratic and fought it in a multi-pronged slash-and-burn campaign that lasted two and a half years.

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Syllabification: slash-and-burn

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