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


biographical name
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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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 Norwegian herders are keen to protect their pastures and are also worried of the potential risk of a spread of chronic wasting disease, detected for the first time in northern Norway in 2016. Author: Sveinung Sleire, Rafaela Lindeberg, Anchorage Daily News, "Reindeer ignoring borders have Norway locking antlers with Sweden," 30 June 2018 Conflict between herders and farmers over natural resources has a long history throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 Fighting has also intensified this year between herders and farmers over grazing land across much of central Nigeria, displacing hundreds of thousands of farmers, many of whom grow sorghum and other grains. Ruth Olurounbi, Bloomberg.com, "Nigeria Conflict Stops Sorghum Farmers’ Bid to Benefit From Trump," 27 May 2018 Some 4700 years ago, a caravan of Egyptian herders and their donkeys followed a trade route through the foothills of central Israel, destined for the ancient city-state of Tell es-Safi/Gath. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "This ancient skeleton suggests humans were riding donkeys nearly 5000 years ago," 16 May 2018 For much of its recent history, this region of Kenya was inhospitable to all but a local tribe of herders with their goats and camels. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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