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nomad

[noh-mad] /ˈnoʊ mæd/
noun
1.
a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
2.
any wanderer; itinerant.
adjective
3.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze
Related forms
nomadism, noun
nonnomad, noun, adjective
seminomad, noun
seminomadism, noun
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Examples for nomadism
  • The nomadism now emerging is different from, and involves much more than, merely making journeys.
  • The number of moves ranges from continuous nomadism to a single change of residential location.
  • It is characterized by nomadism, hunting and food-gathering.
British Dictionary definitions for nomadism

nomad

/ˈnəʊmæd/
noun
1.
a member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food
2.
a person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer
Derived Forms
nomadism, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin nomas wandering shepherd, from Greek; related to nemein to feed, pasture
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Word Origin and History for nomadism
nomad
1555, from M.Fr. nomade, from L. Nomas (gen. Nomadis) "wandering groups in Arabia," from Gk. nomas (gen. nomados, pl. nomades) "roaming, roving, wandering" (to find pastures for flocks or herds), related to nomos "pasture," lit. "land allotted," and to nemein "put to pasture," originally "deal out," from PIE base *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis).
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nomadism in Culture
nomadism [(noh-mad-iz-uhm)]

A way of life in which a community has no permanent settlement but moves from place to place, usually seasonally and within a defined territory. For hunting and gathering societies, nomadism does not imply aimless wandering, but suggests an organized rotation of settlements to ensure maximum use of available natural resources.

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Related Abbreviations for nomadism

NOMAD

Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Association
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