milpa


mil·pa

noun \ˈmil-pə\

Definition of MILPA

1
a :  a small field in Mexico or Central America that is cleared from the forest, cropped for a few seasons, and abandoned for a fresh clearing
b :  a corn field in Mexico or Central America
2
:  the corn plant

Origin of MILPA

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mīlpan
First Known Use: 1648

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