transhumance

noun
trans·​hu·​mance | \ tran(t)s-ˈhyü-mən(t)s How to pronounce transhumance (audio) , tranz-, -ˈyü- \

Definition of transhumance

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

Other Words from transhumance

transhumant \ tran(t)s-​ˈhyü-​mənt How to pronounce transhumance (audio) , tranz-​ , -​ˈyü-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of transhumance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The government had recently decreed an end to their ancestral transhumance, offering permanent settlements and farmland in its stead. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 One path follows an ancient trail of the transhumance — the biannual transfer of sheep and other herd animals between high and low ground. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 3 July 2021 The main activities include transhumance, grazing and hiking tourism. Alex Treadway, National Geographic, 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of transhumance

circa 1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transhumance

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

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“Transhumance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transhumance. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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