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[swid-n] /ˈswɪd n/
a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation.
Origin of swidden
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) Unabridged
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  • Among other things, they say it does not address land rights and targets their ancestral swidden agriculture.
British Dictionary definitions for swidden


  1. an area of land where slash-and-burn techniques have been used to prepare it for cultivation
  2. (as modifier): small-scale swidden agriculture
Word Origin
C18: Northern English dialect variant of swithen to burn
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