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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.
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Origin of chinampa

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