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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 of nomad
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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  • Everywhere the nomads destroyed much, but everywhere they brought in a new spirit of free enquiry and moral innovation.

  • The nomads of Asia follow the pasturage from month to month.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • They were nomads and the descendants of nomads, who for ages had been used to fold their tents and flit away.

  • Most inquirers are chiefly interested in the morals—or immorals—of these nomads.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • The Chinese fought the barbarians with the tactics of mounted archers, devices learned from the nomads.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • There was no place for them to live but in the caves or as nomads migrating with the animals.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • I could not understand why the nomads were ready to serve us without the slightest suggestion.

  • nomads are very skilful in choosing the places for their winter dwellings.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
British Dictionary definitions for nomads

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 nomads

nomad

n.

1550s, from Middle French nomade (16c.), from Latin Nomas (genitive Nomadis) "wandering groups in Arabia," from Greek nomas (genitive nomados, plural nomades) "roaming, roving, wandering" (to find pastures for flocks or herds), related to nomos "pasture, pasturage, grazing," literally "land allotted," and to nemein "put to pasture," originally "deal out," from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis).

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Related Abbreviations for nomads

NOMAD

Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Association
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