[trans-hyoo-muh ns or, often, yoo-, tranz-]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for transhumant


  1. the seasonal migration of livestock to suitable grazing grounds
Derived Formstranshumant, 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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