pasture

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

pasture ‎(countable and uncountable, plural pastures)

  1. Land, specifically, an open field, on which livestock is 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.
  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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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pastūra, from pāstus.

Noun[edit]

pasture f ‎(plural pasturis)

  1. pasture

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pasture f

  1. plural of pastura

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

pastūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of pastūrus

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French pasture.

Noun[edit]

pasture f (plural pastures)

  1. pasture (grassy field upon which cattle graze)

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References[edit]

  • pasture on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)
  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (pasture, supplement)

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pastūra, from pāstus.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. pasture (grassy field upon which cattle graze)
    • 1303, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 165 of this essay:
      les bestes doivent estre nourries en bonnes pastures
      the animals must be fed on good pastures
  2. pasture (nourishment for an animal)

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