milpa

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noun mil·pa \ˈmil-pə\

Definition of milpa

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

  2. 2 :  the corn plant

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Origin and Etymology of milpa

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mīlpan


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