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An area cleared for temporary cultivation by cutting and burning the vegetation.

[Dialectal alteration of obsolete swithen, from Old Norse svidhna, to be burned.]


a. an area of land where slash-and-burn techniques have been used to prepare it for cultivation
b. (as modifier): small-scale swidden agriculture.
[C18: Northern English dialect variant of swithen to burn]


(ˈswɪd n)

a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation.
[1951; earlier E dial. swidden burned area of moor < Old Norse svithna to be singed]
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Bruun TB, Egay K, Mertz O, Magid J (2013) Improved sampling methods document decline in soil organic carbon stocks and concentrations of permanganate oxidizable carbon after transition from swidden to oil palm cultivation.
Contract notice: LE[micro]schgruppenfahrzeug lf 10 according to din 14530-5, edition 2011-11 for firefighters swidden.
Environmental Consequences of the Demise in Swidden Cultivation in Southeast Asia: Carbon Storage and Soil Quality.
Although much of the deforestation was due to commercial logging, many Thai's blamed upland minority groups like the Hmong for clearing too much land for swidden and other forms of shifting agriculture (Pinkaew 1999; Gillogly 2004:128) Though the claim does not seem to hold up to serious scrutiny (Delang 2002).
Ashaninka swidden agriculture, like that of other indigenous groups in the Amazon, is characterized by a relatively small area of forest disturbance, multi-cropping, great genetic diversity of crop cultivars and a rapid process of forest regeneration (Posey, Balee 1989).
Swidden agriculture, village longevity, and social relations in Formative central Tlaxcala: towards an understanding of macroregional structure.
She also describes the changes that occurred from the pre-1930s era, when virgin forest was still being brought under swidden cultivation, through the Japanese occupation, down to the present.
He pointed to the relatively uniform material culture; the wide range of elevations of group territories, I suppose of single territories; swidden cultivation with taro as the most prestigious crop; a premium on mobility at individual and group levels; the self-sufficiency of local groups; the men's 'cult ritual'; and the 'common linkage to Afek' (1996: 192-3).
But by the time the parched, sunbaked, swidden ground around the Jonestown compound came into view from the back of a truck on a rutted jungle road, it was far too late for doubts.
Tsimane indigenous knowledge, swidden fallow management and conservation.
Up to present day these groups have maintained much of their traditional life including aspects of cosmology, religion, methods of subsistence, swidden agriculture, ways of hunting and fishing and the gathering of natural products from the forest.