AskDefine | Define pastureland

Dictionary Definition

pastureland n : a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock [syn: pasture, grazing land, lea, ley]

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English

Etymology

From pasture + land.

Noun

  1. land used for grazing animals

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.
pastureland in Danish: Overdrev
pastureland in German: Weide (Grünland)
pastureland in Estonian: Karjamaa
pastureland in French: Prairie (agriculture)
pastureland in Icelandic: Beitiland
pastureland in Italian: Pascolo
pastureland in Lithuanian: Ganykla
pastureland in Macedonian: Пасиште
pastureland in Dutch: Weiland
pastureland in Japanese: 牧草
pastureland in Norwegian: Beite
pastureland in Polish: Pastwisko
pastureland in Portuguese: Pasto
pastureland in Romanian: Păşune
pastureland in Quechua: Michiy
pastureland in Russian: Пастбище
pastureland in Simple English: Pasture
pastureland in Walloon: Waide
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