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pastoralism

[pas-ter-uh-liz-uh m, pah-ster-] /ˈpæs tər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpɑ stər-/
noun
1.
the practice of herding as the primary economic activity of a society.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; pastoral + -ism
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Examples from the web for pastoralism
  • The reason they knew better was because the system of mixed pastoralism they practiced was defined by close physical proximity.
  • Additionally, there is a strong correlation between pastoralism and lactase persistence.
  • pastoralism is found in many variations throughout the world.
Word Origin and History for pastoralism
n.

1854, from pastoral + -ism.

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