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Originally Scottish (Of animals) using pasture, grazing; (of land) affording pasture; of or relating to pasture.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in David Lindsay (c1486–1555), writer and herald. From pasture + -al. Compare post-classical Latin pasturalis of pasture. With use as noun compare post-classical Latin pastorale pasturage, Old French pasturaul, pasturale, pasturel, pasturele, Old Occitan pastural.
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