slash-and-burn
adjective Date: 1939 1. characterized or developed by felling and burning trees to clear land especially for temporary agriculture 2. extremely ruthless and unsparing <
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  • slash-and-burn — slash′ and burn′ adj. 1) agr. of or noting a method of agriculture in the tropics in which vegetation is felled and burned, the land is cultivated for a few years, then abandoned to the forest 2) cvb unnecessarily destructive or extreme •… …   From formal English to slang

  • Slash-and-burn — This article is about slash and burn farming. For shifting cultivation, see shifting cultivation. For the Manic Street Preachers single, see Slash n Burn. Not to be confused with scorched earth. Slash and burn practices in Eno, Finland, 1893 …   Wikipedia

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  • slash and burn — also slash and burn N UNCOUNT: usu N n Slash and burn is a method of farming that involves clearing land by destroying and burning all the trees and plants on it, farming there for a short time, and then moving on to clear a new piece of land.… …   English dictionary

  • slash-and-burn — I. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : characterized or developed by felling and girdling trees and then burning them to make land arable usually for temporary purposes the slash and burn method of agriculture II. adjective : ruthlessly destructive slash… …   Useful english dictionary

  • slash and burn — UK / US adjective slash and burn farming involves cutting down and burning trees and old plants in order to plant new crops slash and burn agriculture …   English dictionary

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