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Related to slash-and-burn: Shifting cultivation
1. Of or being a form of agriculture in which an area of forest is cleared by cutting and burning and is then planted, usually for several seasons, before being left to return to forest.
2. Drastic or destructive: "The past few years of painful, slash-and-burn expense cutting have made top brokerage executives reluctant to revert to their former, profligate ways" (David Henry).
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(Agriculture) denoting a short-term method of cultivation in which land is cleared by destroying and burning trees and other vegetation for temporary agricultural use
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1. of or noting a method of agriculture in the tropics in which vegetation is felled and burned, the land is cultivated for a few years, then abandoned to the forest.
2. unnecessarily destructive or extreme.
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adj slash-and-burn farming → Brandrodung f
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