chinampa

[ chi-nam-puh ]
/ tʃɪˈnæm pə /
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noun

(in Mesoamerica) a long and narrow floating field on a shallow lake bed, artificially built up by layering soil, sediment, and decaying vegetation and used, especially by the Aztecs, to grow crops.

Nearby words

  1. china, great wall of,
  2. chinaberry,
  3. chinagraph,
  4. chinaman,
  5. chinaman's chance,
  6. chinan,
  7. chinandega,
  8. chinatown,
  9. chinaware,
  10. chinbeak

Origin of chinampa

1830–40; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl < chinamitl area enclosed by canes + pa on

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