herd·​er | \ˈhər-dər \

Definition of herder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that herds specifically : a person who manages, breeds, or tends to livestock : herdsman sense 1


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Her·​der | \ˈher-dər \

Definition of Herder (Entry 2 of 2)

Johann Gottfried von 1744–1803 German philosopher

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Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of herder in a Sentence


the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia live in reindeer-skin tents

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In June, when the weather gets warmer, the goats naturally shed the fleece and the herders gather up the cashmere. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "How Loro Piana Works With Mongolian Goat Herds to Gather the World's Softest Cashmere," 25 Oct. 2018 The most recent drought has prompted some herders to plunder the livestock of rival communities or sneak into nature reserves to graze their hungry droves. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest," 12 Mar. 2018 Deadly clashes between herders and farmers in central Nigeria are a growing security concern in Africa's most populous country, which is roughly split between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. Fox News, "Nigeria: 'Deeply unfortunate killings' as 86 reported dead," 25 June 2018 The most shocking involves the kidnap, gang rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl from a community of nomadic herders who migrate seasonally from the highlands of Kashmir to the plains of Jammu. The Economist, "A series of grotesque rapes infuriates Indians—again," 26 Apr. 2018 How on earth could small numbers of herders have overwhelmed dense farmer populations? Jared Diamond, New York Times, "A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story," 20 Apr. 2018 Bloody clashes between farmers and nomadic herders in Nigeria’s central Plateau State in late June claimed at least 86 lives, as each group vied for the region’s increasingly scarce farmland. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Land Conflict Has Long Been a Problem in Nigeria. Here’s How Climate Change Is Making It Worse," 28 June 2018 Such attacks are broadly attributed to a decades-old cycle of conflict between farmers and semi-nomadic herders vying for arable land. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 27, 2018," 27 June 2018 In Kenya's largely pastoralist Wajir County, prolonged drought is pushing growing numbers of the region's nomadic herders to see camels – and their milk – as a drought-safe investment. Zoe Tabary, The Christian Science Monitor, "A new use for ATMs in Kenya: camel milk dispenser," 3 July 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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