a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation.

1951; special use of dial. (N England) swidden area of moor from which vegetation has been burned off, noun use of swidden, swithen to singe < Old Norse svithna to be singed, derivative of svītha to singe (compare dial. swithe, Middle English swithen)

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swidden (ˈswɪdən)
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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Among other things, they say it does not address land rights and targets their ancestral swidden agriculture.
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