AskDefine | Define pasture

Dictionary Definition



1 a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock [syn: pastureland, grazing land, lea, ley]
2 animal food for browsing or grazing [syn: eatage, forage, pasturage, grass]


1 let feed in a field or pasture or meadow [syn: crop, graze]
2 feed as in a meadow or pasture; "the herd was grazing" [syn: crop, browse, graze, range]

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  • a UK /ˈpæst.jə(ɹ)/ /"p

Extensive Definition

Pasture is land with herbaceous vegetation cover used for grazing of ungulate livestock as part of a farm or ranch. Prior to the advent of mechanized farming, pasture was the primary source of food for grazing animals such as cattle and horses. It is still used extensively, particularly in arid regions where pasture land is unsuitable for any other agricultural production. In more humid regions, pasture grazing is exploited extensively for free range and organic farming.
Pasture growth can consist of grasses, legumes, other forbs, shrubs or a mixture. Soil type, minimum annual temperature, and rainfall are important factors in pasture management.
pasture in Danish: Overdrev
pasture in German: Weide (Grünland)
pasture in Estonian: Karjamaa
pasture in French: Prairie (agriculture)
pasture in Icelandic: Beitiland
pasture in Italian: Pascolo
pasture in Lithuanian: Ganykla
pasture in Macedonian: Пасиште
pasture in Dutch: Weiland
pasture in Japanese: 牧草
pasture in Norwegian: Beite
pasture in Polish: Pastwisko
pasture in Portuguese: Pasto
pasture in Romanian: Păşune
pasture in Quechua: Michiy
pasture in Russian: Пастбище
pasture in Simple English: Pasture
pasture in Walloon: Waide

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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