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graze 1

v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
1. To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
2. Informal
a. To eat a variety of appetizers as a full meal.
b. To eat snacks throughout the day in place of full meals.
1. To feed on (herbage) in a field or on pastureland.
2. To feed on the herbage of (a piece of land).
3. To afford herbage for the feeding of: This field will graze 30 head of cattle.
4. To put (livestock) out to feed.
5. To tend (feeding livestock) in a pasture.

[Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs, grass; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots.]

graze′a·ble, graz′a·ble adj.
graz′er n.

graze 2

v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
1. To touch lightly in passing; brush. See Synonyms at brush1.
2. To scrape or scratch slightly; abrade.
To scrape or touch something lightly in passing.
1. The act of brushing or scraping along a surface.
2. A minor scratch or abrasion.

[Perhaps from graze.]
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1. (Agriculture) the vegetation on pastures that is available for livestock to feed upon
2. (Agriculture) the land on which this is growing
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(ˈgreɪ zɪŋ)

1. pastureland; a pasture.
2. Informal. the act of eating snacks instead of regular meals, or of sampling small portions of a variety of foods.
3. Informal. the practice of switching television channels frequently to watch several programs.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grazing - the act of grazinggrazing - the act of grazing      
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
2.grazing - the act of brushing against while passing
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
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[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] N
1. (= land) → pasto m
2. (= act) → pastoreo m
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[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] n (= pasture) → pâturage m
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nWeideland nt; this land offers good grazingdies ist gutes Weideland; grazing landWeideland nt; grazing rightsWeiderechte pl
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[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] npascolo
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In order to estimate the total forage availability, grass samples were collected in each experimental period using a wood square of 0.25[m.sup.2] (0.5x0.5) thrown in the pasture, being all the material collected from its inside and repeated in each paddock before the entrance of the animals and in the day of observing grazing behavior. Later the samples were weighed, packed in plastic bags, identified and frozen for posterior analysis of chemical composition of the forage fed to the animals.
Thus, the present study was carried out in order to investigate the grazing behavior by cattle at early age using newly bred tetraploid ruzigrass strain, and to assess the feasibility of the behavior as one of criteria for preference evaluation in Japanese black cattle under indoor housing environment.
Given the above and considering the adaptation of cattle in relation to shading in silvopastoral systems, the goal of this study was to evaluate the influence of different densities of babassu palm trees in agroforestry systems on the grazing behavior and the spatial distribution of cattle feces in pastures of Urochloa brizantha cv.
Animal performance is influenced by interactions occurring among herbage mass, nutritive value, weather, and grazing behavior, such as selectivity among sward components, grazing time and location, and previous experience [1,10].
Samples were collected after a previous period of careful observation, in which the grazing behavior of the animals, the area, the height, and the parts of the plants being consumed were observed.
She explains the benefits of good pasture management; types of grazing systems; grazing from the plant's perspective, including grazing-adapted plants, pasture soil health, managing pasture plants, and common ones; grazing from the animal's perspective, including the digestive ability of ruminants, ruminant nutrition from pasture, meeting livestock nutritional needs, grazing behavior, using a 100-percent grassfed diet, and health concerns; and designing and managing a system, with discussion of calculating acreage, design and infrastructure, and putting it together.
An example of different grazing behavior and feed utilization: Cattle and horses graze differently
Defoliation by mechanical harvesting, however, has forage-species specific complications regarding stubble height and subsequent perturbations in animals grazing behavior. The falling disc meter (Bransby et al., 1977) and nondestructive methods, such as the capacitance meter (Toledo et al., 1980), have been introduced and used to estimate herbage mass with minimal disturbance of the pasture canopy.