swidden

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swid·den

 (swĭd′n)
n.
An area cleared for temporary cultivation by cutting and burning the vegetation.

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

(ˈswɪdən)
n
(Agriculture)
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]
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swid•den

(ˈswɪd n)

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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(122) Some Semelai subsequently swiddened intermittently, commuting from the Pos Iskandar settlement complex.
As cultivating groups increasingly abandon agricultural subsistence, Brunei is in the unique position of witnessing gradual afforestation of its previously swiddened mixed dipterocarp forests.