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minifundium

Line breaks: mini|fun¦dium
Pronunciation: /ˌmɪnɪˈfʌndɪəm
 
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Definition of minifundium in English:

noun (plural minifundia /-dɪə/)

A small farm or property in Latin America, especially one that is too small to support a single family.
Example sentences
  • Small landowners, with their small plots of land called minifundia, are gradually being forced out.
  • There are many examples throughout Europe, including crofting in northern Scotland, the tanya system in central Hungary, coltura pro-miscua in Italy and minifundia in central and northern Portugal.
  • In connection with this, one has to face the challenge of the special problems of the minifundia in order to improve the living conditions for the small farmers.

Origin

1950s: modern Latin, or from Spanish minifundio 'smallholding'.

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