chinampa

noun chi·nam·pa \chə̇ˈnampə, -äm-\

Definition of chinampa

plural

-s

  1. :  a Mexican artificial meadow or garden reclaimed from a lake or pond by piling soil dredged from the bottom onto a mat of twigs and planting thereon

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Origin and Etymology of chinampa

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl, from chinamitl reed or twig mat + pa on


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