milpa

[mil-puh]
noun
(in certain tropical regions) a tract of land cleared from the jungle, usually by burning, farmed for a few seasons, and then abandoned.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl mīlpan, equivalent to mīl(li) cultivated field + -pan locative suffix

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He went to visit his milpa, or maize field, which was half a league away near the river.
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