[pas-ter-uh-liz-uh m, pah-ster-]


the practice of herding as the primary economic activity of a society.

Origin of pastoralism

First recorded in 1850–55; pastoral + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pastoralism

1854, from pastoral + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper