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pasture

[pas-cher, pahs-]
noun
1.
Also called pastureland [pas-cher-land, pahs-] . an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.
2.
a specific area or piece of such ground.
3.
grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
verb (used with object), pastured, pasturing.
4.
to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
5.
(of land) to furnish with pasture.
6.
(of livestock) to graze upon.
verb (used without object), pastured, pasturing.
7.
(of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
Idioms
8.
put out to pasture,
a.
to put in a pasture to graze.
b.
to dismiss, retire, or use sparingly as being past one's or its prime: Most of our older employees don't want to be put out to pasture.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra -ure

pastural, adjective
pastureless, adjective
pasturer, noun
unpastured, adjective
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pasture (ˈpɑːstʃə)
 
n
1.  land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
2.  a specific tract of such land
3.  the grass or herbage growing on it
 
vb
4.  (tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)
 
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed]

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pasture
c.1300, from O.Fr. pasture "grass eaten by cattle," from L.L. pastura "a feeding, grazing," from L. pastus, pp. of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor).
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