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[chi-nam-puh] /tʃɪˈnæm pə/
(in Mesoamerica) a long and narrow floating field on a shallow lake bed, artificially built up by layering soil, sediment, and decaying vegetation and used, especially by the Aztecs, to grow crops.
Origin of chinampa
1830-40; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl < chinamitl area enclosed by canes + pa on Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Do you recollect the dream I told you the night on the chinampa?

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Viewed from a distance, the chinampa looked like an island of flowers.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • In the quiet and perfumed shade of the chinampa he rested, and soothed the fever of his wound.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • The keeper of the chinampa was there with great bundles of flowers.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Up in the northeastern part of the little sea lay a chinampa at anchor.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Besides that, he killed or wounded near a score of chinampa owners, and set their canoes adrift.

    The White Conquerors Kirk Munroe
  • Every chinampa forms an oblong square about three hundred feet in length, and eighteen or nineteen feet broad.

  • The chinampa, at its anchorage, swung lightly, like an Indian cradle pendulous in the air.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • The light of the great torch, kindled by the keeper of the chinampa, revealed her perfectly.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • A chinampa was a floating island in the lake of Tezcuco, upon whose very bosom the imperial city was built.

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