[ chi-nam-puh ]
/ tʃɪˈnæm pə /


(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.

Origin of chinampa

1830–40; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl < chinamitl area enclosed by canes + pa on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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