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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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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The first known use of transhumance was circa 1901

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“Transhumance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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