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Noun

pastures p
  1. Plural of pasture

Verb

pastures
  1. third-person singular of pasture

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