Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The native name of the floating gardens once common on the Mexican lakes. They were carefully constructed rafts covered with earth, on which plants were cultivated.

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  • noun historical A floating island in a shallow lake bed, upon which crops were grown.

Etymologies

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From Spanish, from Classical Nahuatl chināmitl ("cane fence").

Examples

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  • From gauchos abroad on the pampas

    To peons afloat on chinampas,

    As cowboys iconic

    Or hands hydroponic

    Hispanics have many estampas.

    October 24, 2015