Definition of swidden in English:

swidden

Syllabification: swid·den
Pronunciation: /ˈswidn
 
/

noun

1An area of land cleared for cultivation by slashing and burning vegetation.
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1The method of clearing land by slashing and burning vegetation: the practice of swidden

Origin

late 18th century (as a verb, originally dialect): variant of dialect swithen 'to burn'.

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