Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Transfer of livestock from one grazing ground to another, as from lowlands to highlands, with the changing of seasons.

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  • n. the moving of cattle or other grazing animals to new pastures, often quite distant, according to the change in season

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from transhumer, to move livestock seasonally, from Spanish trashumar : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.

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French transhumance, ultimately from Latin trans + humus ‘ground’.

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