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transhumance

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noun trans·hu·mance \tran(t)s-ˈhyü-mən(t)s, tranz-, -ˈyü-\

Definition of transhumance

  1. :  seasonal movement of livestock (as sheep) between mountain and lowland pastures either under the care of herders or in company with the owners

transhumant play \-mənt\ adjective or noun


Origin of transhumance

French, from transhumer to practice transhumance, from Spanish trashumar, from tras- trans- (from Latin trans-) + Latin humus earth — more at humble


First Known Use: circa 1901


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