- of a method of agriculture used in the tropics, in which forest vegetation is felled and burned, the land is cropped for a few years, then the forest is allowed to reinvade.
Origin of slash-and-burn
First recorded in 1935–40
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- denoting a short-term method of cultivation in which land is cleared by destroying and burning trees and other vegetation for temporary agricultural use
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