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slash-and-burn

[slash-uh n-burn] /ˈslæʃ ənˈbɜrn/
adjective
1.
of a method of agriculture used in the tropics, in which forest vegetation is felled and burned, the land is cropped for a few years, then the forest is allowed to reinvade.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
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British Dictionary definitions for slash and burn

slash-and-burn

adjective
1.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for slash and burn

slash-and-burn

adjective

Crudely violent; irresponsibly vitriolic: a few years of slash-and-burn expense cutting

[1980s+; fr a type of transitory cultivation in which a forest area is cleared and the undergrowth burned for planting, the term found by 1939]


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