pasture

[ pas-cher, pahs- ]
/ ˈpæs tʃər, ˈpɑs- /
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noun

Also called pas·ture·land [pas-cher-land, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.
a specific area or piece of such ground.
grass or other plants for feeding livestock.

verb (used with object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.

(of livestock) to graze in a pasture.

Idioms

    put out to pasture,
    1. to put in a pasture to graze.
    2. to dismiss, retire, or use sparingly as being past one's or its prime: Most of our older employees don't want to be put out to pasture.

Origin of pasture

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra -ure
Related formspas·tur·al, adjectivepas·ture·less, adjectivepas·tur·er, nounun·pas·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pastureland

pasture

/ (ˈpɑːstʃə) /

noun

land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
a specific tract of such land
the grass or herbage growing on it

verb

(tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)

Word Origin for pasture

C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed
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Idioms and Phrases with pastureland

pasture

see put out to grass (pasture).


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