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[trans-hyoo-muh ns or, often, yoo-, tranz-] /trænsˈhyu məns or, often, ˈyu-, trænz-/
the seasonal migration of livestock, and the people who tend them, between lowlands and adjacent mountains.
1900-05; < French, equivalent to transhum(er) to shift ground (modeled on Spanish trashumar; see trans-, humus) + -ance -ance
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transhumant, adjective Unabridged
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  • If you revert back and forth often enough it starts to look not much different than a transhumance food production pattern.
British Dictionary definitions for transhumance


the seasonal migration of livestock to suitable grazing grounds
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transhumant, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from French, from transhumer to change one's pastures, from Spanish trashumar, from Latin trans- + humus ground
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Encyclopedia Article for transhumance

form of pastoralism or nomadism organized around the migration of livestock between mountain pastures in warm seasons and lower altitudes the rest of the year. The seasonal migration may also occur between lower and upper latitudes (as in the movement of Siberian reindeer between the subarctic taiga and the Arctic tundra). Most peoples who practice transhumance also engage in some form of crop cultivation, and there is usually some kind of permanent settlement

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