Definition of pasturage in English:


Line breaks: pas¦tur|age
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːstʃərɪdʒ


[mass noun]
  • 1Land used for pasture: its rolling flood plain and adjoining hills offered rich pasturage
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    • The great abundance of bones of large herbivores in the Yedoma is convincing evidence of the rich pasturage offered by this region during the Pleistocene.
    • If you were to run the sheep up there, you'd not have to cut into either the forests or the tilled lands to gain pasturage.
    • Extensive grasslands, good pasturage and a tradition of professional herdsmen helped the process of evolution of many distinct breeds of cattle.
  • 1.1The occupation or process of pasturing cattle, sheep, or other grazing animals: the human species has only engaged in pasturage for 12,000 to 15,000 years
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    • Gradually, cultivated grasses replaced grains and wild hay as a source of cattle pasturage and fodder, and after the turn of the century, farmers began to establish cooperative dairies (osuusmeijerit).
    • This act impinged upon the rights of unrestrained pasturage for cattle and fowl that had been enjoyed for generations, and it also ended the use of the moors as a place of recreation and escape.
    • Outfield pasturage rights are associated with rights over patches of infield, on which crops - mostly hay and potatoes - are grown and which is opened for winter pasturage for sheep.


early 16th century: from Old French, from pasture (see pasture).

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