Swidden meaning

swĭdn
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An area cleared for temporary cultivation by cutting and burning the vegetation.
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An area of land that has been cleared by cutting the vegetation and burning it; slash and burn.

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To clear an area of land by cutting and burning.

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Origin of swidden

  • Dialectal alteration of obsolete swithen from Old Norse svidhna to be burned

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English swithen (“to burn, scorch, singe"), from Old Norse sviðna (“to be burned").

    From Wiktionary