Definition of pasturage in English:



mass noun
  • 1Land used for pasture.

    ‘its rolling flood plain and adjoining hills offered rich pasturage’
    • ‘In colonial America many village communities had large areas of common land, partly for defensive purposes as well as for pasturage.’
    • ‘Outfield is uncultivated upland pasturage used for summer grazing.’
    • ‘When pasturage was unavailable, trappers, like the Indians, fed their animals the sweet bark of the cottonwood trees.’
    • ‘Extant Massachusetts tax records for 1771 show that farms within all of Dartmouth Township averaged 37.i acres, including on average 124 acres of pasturage.’
    • ‘A large area of somewhat marshy ground west of the Gipping belonged to the burgesses in common; the northern part in particular, being drier, was used for pasturage.’
    • ‘Small embanked fields were laid out for cereal growing, and were separated from areas devoted to livestock pasturage.’
    • ‘But when central authority broke down, marauding bands lay waste to the land and turned it back into pasturage.’
    • ‘He was concerned about erosion, and wanted to improve his pasturage, but he also remembered the Valley quail he had grown up with, and hoped to see them again on his land.’
    • ‘Many Slovaks in rural areas retain ownership and exclusive use over plots of land that are used to generate food for family consumption or provide pasturage for livestock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the historian, cattle maiming fell into the category of ‘an historical outrage’ because the peasantry had for centuries regarded cattle as their enemy owing to clearances designed to make way for pasturage.’
    • ‘The name refers to the Cowholm - the riverside meadow used as pasturage - through which the road ran to reach a ford across the river (later the site of Bishop's Bridge).’
    • ‘While their migrations often were due primarily to a lack of pasturage, military and political conquests shaped the way of life in the new lands.’
    • ‘In addition to the hundred acres of decent bottomland, McGinty's old man also accumulated a little highland pasturage to the north of the valley, where he kept a few fat, lazy sheep.’
    • ‘He was also well aware that many of the reservation's sixty-five hundred residents lived near the creek bottoms that provided pasturage and a ready supply of firewood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In it he codified the proper ordering of a town regarding house lots, pasturage, a proper plaza, and how ‘the settlers shall nominate by and from themselves the public officials that shall have been arranged for.’’
    • ‘Extensive grasslands, good pasturage and a tradition of professional herdsmen helped the process of evolution of many distinct breeds of cattle.’
    • ‘The Secretary of State considers that the views from the site would at least be seriously obstructed by the proposed development and that the present and, to him, congruous foreground which consists of pasturage would disappear.’
    pasture, pastureland, grass, grassland, grazing land, ley, paddock, croft
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    1. 1.1 The 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Silvopasturing is just one aspect of agroforestry, which involves the broader concept of combining any crop - including pasturage - with forests.’
      • ‘There is evidence, no doubt, in this case of a long-continued practice of letting herbage on the road for the pasturage, not of sheep exclusively, but also of a limited number of horses and cattle.’
      • ‘These species are relatively low yielding, but produce nonbloating forage of high nutritive value that furnish excellent quality pasturage in late summer.’
      • ‘These successes led to increases in pasturage, stock, wool and work!’
      • ‘Activities such as slash-and-burn cultivation, logging for firewood, and livestock pasturage by the landless seem to have been tolerated in commonly owned village forests.’
      • ‘All these measures penalised traditional mountain agriculture, and especially the shepherds whose right to pasturage was curtailed.’
      • ‘In addition, there was a tithe on agricultural produce, and taxes levied on pasturage, slaughtering, the use of mills, beekeeping, and the raising of pigs.’
      • ‘In other cases, the land rich rented pasturage rights to Quiroga cattle owners.’
      • ‘These arguments, or the appeals to free speech that dominate debates over digital intellectual property, have no precise analogue in debates over hunting or pasturage, although, again, there are common themes.’
      • ‘This meadow, in the vicinity of the site of the Roman settlement, served as pasturage for horses, cows and other animals of the townspeople.’
      • ‘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).