noun, often attributive
swid·​den | \ ˈswi-dᵊn How to pronounce swidden (audio) \

Definition of swidden

: a temporary agricultural plot formed by cutting back and burning off vegetative cover

Examples of swidden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other examples of fire used as a form land management include Indigenous Australians' work regenerating grasslands, efforts to create fertile soil in the Amazon and swidden agriculture in Thailand. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 Consequently, carbon storage under swidden-fallow systems is greater both above and below the ground. National Geographic, 8 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of swidden

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swidden

English dialect, burned clearing, probably from Old Norse svithinn, past participle of svitha to burn, singe

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“Swidden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swidden. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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