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milpa

[mil-puh] /ˈmɪl pə/
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1.
(in certain tropical regions) a tract of land cleared from the jungle, usually by burning, farmed for a few seasons, and then abandoned.
Origin of milpa
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl mīlpan, equivalent to mīl(li) cultivated field + -pan locative suffix
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