transhumance [trans-hyoo-muh ns or, often, yoo-, tranz-] Word Origin noun

  1. the seasonal migration of livestock, and the people who tend them, between lowlands and adjacent mountains.

Origin of transhumance 1900–05; French, equivalent to transhum(er) to shift ground (modeled on Spanish trashumar; see trans-, humus) + -ance -ance Related formstrans·hu·mant, adjective British Dictionary definitions for transhumance transhumance noun

  1. the seasonal migration of livestock to suitable grazing grounds

Derived Formstranshumant, adjectiveWord Origin for transhumance C20: from French, from transhumer to change one’s pastures, from Spanish trashumar, from Latin trans- + humus ground

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