nomad

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French nomade, from Latin nomas (genitive nomadis ‎(wandering shepherd)), from Ancient Greek νομάς ‎(nomás, roaming, roving, wandering (to find pastures for flocks or herds)), from Ancient Greek νομός ‎(nomós, pasture). Compare Numidia.

Noun[edit]

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nomad ‎(plural nomads)

  1. A member of a group of people who, having no fixed home, move around seasonally in search of food, water and grazing etc.
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4: 
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
  2. A wanderer.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nǒmaːd/
  • Hyphenation: no‧mad

Noun[edit]

nòmād m (Cyrillic spelling но̀ма̄д)

  1. nomad

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