[ trans-hyoo-muh ns or, often, yoo-, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈhyu məns or, often, ˈyu-, trænz- /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM transhumance

trans·hu·mant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for transhumance

/ (trænsˈhjuːməns) /


the seasonal migration of livestock to suitable grazing grounds

Derived forms of transhumance

transhumant, adjective

Word 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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