- a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation.
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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- an area of land where slash-and-burn techniques have been used to prepare it for cultivation
- (as modifier)small-scale swidden agriculture
C18: Northern English dialect variant of swithen to burn