AskDefine | Define pasturage

Dictionary Definition



1 succulent herbaceous vegetation of pasture land [syn: herbage]
2 animal food for browsing or grazing [syn: eatage, forage, pasture, grass]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A pasture; land that is used for pasture.
  2. The grass or other vegetation eaten by livestock and found in a pasture.
  3. The right to graze livestock on a 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.
pasturage in Danish: Overdrev
pasturage in German: Weide (Grünland)
pasturage in Estonian: Karjamaa
pasturage in French: Prairie (agriculture)
pasturage in Icelandic: Beitiland
pasturage in Italian: Pascolo
pasturage in Lithuanian: Ganykla
pasturage in Macedonian: Пасиште
pasturage in Dutch: Weiland
pasturage in Japanese: 牧草
pasturage in Norwegian: Beite
pasturage in Polish: Pastwisko
pasturage in Portuguese: Pasto
pasturage in Romanian: Păşune
pasturage in Quechua: Michiy
pasturage in Russian: Пастбище
pasturage in Simple English: Pasture
pasturage in Walloon: Waide

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

barley, bird seed, bran, campo, cat food, chicken feed, chop, corn, dog food, eatage, ensilage, feed, fodder, forage, grain, grass, grass veld, grassland, grazing, haugh, haughland, hay, lea, llano, mash, mead, meadow, meadow land, meal, oats, pampa, pampas, park, pasture, pasture land, pet food, prairie, provender, range, savanna, scratch, scratch feed, silage, slops, steppe, steppeland, straw, swale, swill, vega, veld, wheat
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