Shep·herd, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shepherded; p. pr. & vb. n. Shepherding.] To tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a shepherd. [Poetic]
White, fleecy clouds . . .
Shepherded by the slow, unwilling wind.
1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large.
2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others.
Shepherd bird Zool., the crested screamer. See Screamer.
Shepherd dog Zool., a breed of dogs used largely for the herding and care of sheep. There are several kinds, as the collie, or Scotch shepherd dog, and the English shepherd dog. Called also shepherd's dog.
Shepherd dog, a name of Pan. --Keats.
Shepherd kings, the chiefs of a nomadic people who invaded Egypt from the East in the traditional period, and conquered it, at least in part. They were expelled after about five hundred years, and attempts have been made to connect their expulsion with narrative in the book of Exodus.
Shepherd's club Bot., the common mullein. See Mullein.
Shepherd's crook, a long staff having the end curved so as to form a large hook, -- used by shepherds.
Shepherd's needle Bot., the lady's comb.
Shepherd's plaid, a kind of woolen cloth of a checkered black and white pattern.
Shephered spider Zool., a daddy longlegs, or harvestman.
Shepherd's pouch, or Shepherd's purse Bot., an annual cruciferous plant (Capsella Bursapastoris) bearing small white flowers and pouchlike pods. See Illust. of Silicle.
Shepherd's rod, or Shepherd's staff Bot., the small teasel.
n 1: a clergyman who watches over a group of people
2: a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the
sheep together in a flock [syn: sheepherder, sheepman]
v 1: watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
2: tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
a word naturally of frequent occurence in Scripture. Sometimes
the word "pastor" is used instead (Jer. 2:8; 3:15; 10:21; 12:10;
17:16). This word is used figuratively to represent the relation
of rulers to their subjects and of God to his people (Ps. 23:1;
80:1; Isa. 40:11; 44:28; Jer. 25:34, 35; Nahum 3:18; John 10:11,
14; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4).
The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed country like
Palestine were very onerous. "In early morning he led forth the
flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they
were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care
that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his
watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till
he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be
supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose
has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug
in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he
brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed
under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were
missing. Nor did his labours always end with sunset. Often he
had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of
wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief (see 1
Sam. 17:34).", Deane's David.