from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.


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



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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