trans·​hu·​mance | \tran(t)s-ˈhyü-mən(t)s, 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

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transhumant \tran(t)s-​ˈhyü-​mənt, tranz-​, -​ˈyü-​ \ adjective or noun

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The main activities include transhumance, grazing and hiking tourism. Alex Treadway, National Geographic, "UN Announces 23 New Nature Reserves While U.S. Removes 17," 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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