December 16, 2018
pasture (noun)
\PASS-cher\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : plants (as grass) for feeding especially grazing animals2 : land or a plot of land used for grazing
How do you use it?
"Under the wild apple trees in the pasture, the red little apples lay thick on the ground, and the sheep gnawed them and the geese gnawed them and foxes came in the night and sniffed them." (E. B. White, _Charlotte's Web_)
Are you a word wiz?

"Pasture" derives from a Latin verb. What do you think the Latin root of "pasture" means?

"Pasture" can be traced back to the Latin word "pascere," which means "to feed." Although it usually refers to a place where animals eat, "pasture" is linked by its Latin root to several words connected to the feeding of humans. "Repast," another word for "meal," and "antipasto," a type of Italian appetizer, also come from "pascere." And the feeding of people's spiritual needs is reflected in the word "pastor," which originally meant "herdsman," and now refers to a clergyperson in charge of a church.
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