Definition of transhumance in English:



  • The action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer.

    • ‘The Neolithic peoples began to send their flocks and herds to feed in the lush upland pastures in summer, bringing them down again when winter closed in, a practice known as transhumance.’
    • ‘Briefly, dispossession affected only pastoralists that practiced transhumance.’
    • ‘The first of a great summer transhumance, they all wore ak-kalpaks or traditional white felt hats, padded coats and knee-length leather boots.’
    • ‘The Berber peoples include several distinct groups: settled farmers living in the Atlas mountains; transhumance farmers; and the nomadic Tuareg of the Sahara.’
    • ‘The footpath follows the east shore of the loch to where easy slopes lead to the Lairig Torran, an ancient transhumance route from Dalmally.’
    relocation, resettling, population movement, moving, moving abroad, emigration, expatriation, posting, exodus, departure, hegira, defection, trek, diaspora
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Early 20th century: from French, from the verb transhumer, based on Latin trans- ‘across’ + humus ‘ground’.