Definition of milpa in US English:

milpa

noun

  • In Central America and Mexico: a small cultivated field, usually of corn or maize.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Gage (?1603–1656), Dominican friar and writer. From Mexican Spanish milpa from Nahuatl milpan from mil- (in milli cultivated field) + -pan (postposition) on the surface of, in, on.

Pronunciation

milpa

/ˈmɪlpə/