swidden

[ swid-n ]
/ ˈswɪd n /

noun

a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation.

Nearby words

  1. swerve,
  2. sweven,
  3. sweyn,
  4. swff,
  5. swg,
  6. swift,
  7. swift current,
  8. swift fox,
  9. swift moth,
  10. swift's disease

Origin of swidden

1951; special use of dial. (N England) swidden area of moor from which vegetation has been burned off, noun use of swidden, swithen to singe < Old Norse svithna to be singed, derivative of svītha to singe (compare dial. swithe, Middle English swithen)

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British Dictionary definitions for swidden

swidden

/ (ˈswɪdən) /

noun

  1. an area of land where slash-and-burn techniques have been used to prepare it for cultivation
  2. (as modifier)small-scale swidden agriculture

Word Origin for swidden

C18: Northern English dialect variant of swithen to burn

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