pasture

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman pastour, Anglo-Norman and Middle French pasture, from Latin pastura, from the stem of pascere (to feed, graze).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɑːstjə/, /ˈpɑːstʃə/

Noun[edit]

pasture (plural pastures)

  1. Land on which cattle can be kept for feeding.
  2. Ground covered with grass or herbage, used or suitable for the grazing of livestock.
    • Bible, Psalms xxiii. 2
      He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
    • Shakespeare
      So graze as you find pasture.
  3. (obsolete) Food, nourishment.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      Ne euer is he wont on ought to feed, / But toades and frogs, his pasture poysonous [...].

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Verb[edit]

pasture (third-person singular simple present pastures, present participle pasturing, simple past and past participle pastured)

  1. (transitive) To move animals into a pasture to graze.
  2. (intransitive) To graze.
  3. (transitive) To feed, especially on growing grass; to supply grass as food for.
    The farmer pastures fifty oxen; the land will pasture forty cows.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pasture f

  1. plural form of pastura

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

pastūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of pastūrus

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

pasture f (oblique plural pastures, nominative singular pasture, nominative plural pastures)

  1. pasture (grassy field upon which cattle graze)
  2. pasture (nourishment for an animal)

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