One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An area of land cleared for cultivation by slashing and burning vegetation.
- ‘Forest or grassland is burned to make swiddens at the end of the dry season in February and March.’
- ‘Respondents often contrasted this term with takin k'inal, which I have glossed as ‘dry, unfertile land,’ and was used to describe recently fallowed swiddens and early successional forest.’
- ‘In this type of subsistence farming rice was the most important crop and several of the 92 recognized rice varieties were planted in new swiddens.’
- ‘Paddy rice and rice grown in swiddens (slash-and-burn agriculture) in hilly areas provides subsistence for the majority of the population.’
- ‘The Karen response was the limited expansion of wet-rice terraces and the adoption of careful conservation measures to preserve the productivity of swiddens.’
- ‘Cultivation of swidden was still common in two thirds of Finland as late as the 1830s, and was used occasionally in the whole country except for Lapland.’
- 1.1 The method of clearing land by slashing and burning vegetation.‘the practice of swidden’
Late 18th century (as a verb, originally dialect): variant of dialect swithen ‘to burn’.
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