nomad

[noh-mad]
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

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze

nomadism, noun
nonnomad, noun, adjective
seminomad, noun
seminomadism, noun
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nomad (ˈnəʊmæd)
 
n
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
 
[C16: via French from Latin nomas wandering shepherd, from Greek; related to nemein to feed, pasture]
 
'nomadism
 
n

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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 [(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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NOMAD
Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Association
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Example sentences
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.
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