latifundium

noun
lat·​i·​fun·​di·​um | \ ˌla-tə-ˈfən-dē-əm How to pronounce latifundium (audio) \
plural latifundia\ ˌla-​tə-​ˈfən-​dē-​ə How to pronounce latifundia (audio) \

Definition of latifundium

: a great landed estate with primitive agriculture and labor often in a state of partial servitude

First Known Use of latifundium

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for latifundium

Latin, from latus wide + fundus piece of landed property, foundation, bottom — more at bottom

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