seter

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English[edit]

A seter in Gudbrandsdal, Norway, situated above the tree line in the mountains and used for summer pasture.

Etymology[edit]

From Norwegian seter (mountain pasture) or Swedish säter (mountain pasture).

Noun[edit]

seter (plural seters)

  1. A summer pasture, especially one in the mountains of Scandinavia, to which a farmer takes livestock as part of transhumance.
    • 1964, Reidar Christiansen, Folktales of Norway, page 114:
      Every summer, a long long time ago, they went up to the seter with the cows from Melbustad, in Hadeland.
    • 1968, Axel Christian Zetlitz Sømme, A geography of Norden: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, page 248:
      In Østlandet, on the contrary, the high mountain plateau, the gentle slopes and the grouping of seters in clusters permit the building of roads and therefore a modernized use of the seters.
    • 2002, Brian Roberts, Landscapes of Settlement: Prehistory to the Present, page 131:
      For example, twelfth- and thirteenth-century documents from the north of England mention place-names incorporating the term 'shield' or 'shiel', a 'shieling' being an area of summer pasture corresponding to the seters of Sweden.
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

seter n

  1. indefinite plural of sete