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1. The quality or state of being pastoral. Used especially of a literary work.
2. An economic system or way of life based on the raising and herding of livestock.
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pas•to•ral•ism(ˈpæs tər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpɑ stər-)
the herding of domesticated animals as the primary economic activity of a society.
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a writing style that focuses on the life of shepherds or herdsman. — pastoralist, n.See also: Literary Style
the herding or tending of cattle as a primary economic activity or occupation. Also pasturage. — pastoralist, n. — pastoral, adj.See also: Economics
the herding or tending of cattle as a primary economic activity or occupation. Also called pasturage. — pastoralist, n. — pastoral, adj.See also: Agriculture
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