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World Geography A11

Ch. 30,32, 31, & 33 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Intensive Farming Farming that requires a great deal of labor.
Terrace In farming, a flat, narrow ledge of land, usually constructed in hilly areas to increase the amount of arable land.
Bullet Train A high-speed train.
Seismograph An instrument that measures and records movement in the earth's crust.
Typhoon A destructive tropical storm that forms over the Pacific Ocean.
Homogeneous Having a similar nature; uniform in structure or quality.
Militarism The glorification of the military and a readiness for war.
Downsize To fire an employee in order to reduce costs.
Tariff A tax imposed by a government on imported goods.
Quota A fixed quantity.
Demilitarized Zone A strip of land on which troops or weapons are not allowed.
Proliferation An increase in the number of something.
Sphere of Influence An area or country that is politically and economically dominated by, though not directly governed by, another country.
Abdicate To surrender one's office, throne, or authority.
Warlord A local leader with a military following.
Light Industry The production of small consumer goods such as clothing and appliances.
Martial Law The law administered during a period of strict military control.
Double Cropping In farming, growing more than one crop a year on the same farmland.
Theocrat Someone who claims to rule by religious or divine authority.
Autonomous Region A political unit with limited self government.
Ideogram In written language, a character or symbol that represents an idea or thing.
Atheism The belief that God does not exist.
Acupuncture The ancient Chinese practice of inserting fine needles at specific body points to cure disease or to ease pain.
Buffer A protective zone between two countries.
Provisional Government A temporary government pending permanent arrangements.
Exodus A mass immigration from a region.
Barbarians A person without manners or civilized customs.
Paddy Irrigated or flooded land on which rice is grown.
Indigenous Natives living naturally in the area.
Insurgent A person who rebels against his or her government.
Doi moi The economic change begun by Vietnam in 1986.
Heterogenity A lack of similarity.