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slash-and-burn

[slash-uh n-burn]
adjective
  1. 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.
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Origin of slash-and-burn

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for slash-and-burn

slash-and-burn

adjective
  1. 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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