1An area of land cleared for cultivation by slashing and burning vegetation.
- Paddy rice and rice grown in swiddens (slash-and-burn agriculture) in hilly areas provides subsistence for the majority of the population.
- Respondents often contrasted this term with takin k'inal, which I have glossed as ‘dry, unfertile land,’ and was used to describe recently fallowed swiddens and early successional forest.
- Forest or grassland is burned to make swiddens at the end of the dry season in February and March.
Late 18th century (as a verb, originally dialect): variant of dialect swithen 'to burn'.
For editors and proofreaders
Definition of swidden in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.