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Topic: AGRICULTURE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin pastura, from Latin pascere 'to feed'

pasture

1 noun
     
pas‧ture1 [uncountable and countable]
1TA land or a field that is covered with grass and is used for cattle, sheep etc to feed on:
large areas of rough upland pasture
the lush pastures of the southern counties
2

put something/somebody out to pasture

a) TA to move cattle, horses etc into a field to feed on the grass
b) informal to make someone leave their job because you think they are too old to do it well
3

pastures new/greener pastures

a new and exciting or better job, place, or activity - used humorously:
I'd like to say goodbye to Paul who leaves us for pastures new.
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