(in certain tropical regions) a tract of land cleared from the jungle, usually by burning, farmed for a few seasons, and then abandoned.
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How to use milpa in a sentence
One complete room, however, has been preserved and appears to be still occupied during the cultivation of the neighboring milpas.A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola | Victor Mindeleff and Cosmos Mindeleff
The humus is rarely more than a few centimeters deep, and consequently cornfields (milpas) must be moved every two or three years.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
But another field of milpas had to be passed, and he was again gaining upon me, as we galloped over the heavy ground.The War Trail | Mayne Reid
By the time the sun is up, the cattle have been tended and the Indians are off to the milpas or the henequen fields.The American Egypt | Channing Arnold
Camote, a kind of sweet potato, and tomatoes are produced, usually in the milpas with the maize.The American Egypt | Channing Arnold