[ mil-puh ]

  1. (in certain tropical regions) a tract of land cleared from the jungle, usually by burning, farmed for a few seasons, and then abandoned.

Origin of milpa

1835–45, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish <Nahuatl mīlpan, equivalent to mīl(li) cultivated field + -pan locative suffix

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