nutrient

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From Latin nūtriēns, present participle of nūtriō (I suckle, nourish, foster).

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nutrient (plural nutrients)

  1. A source of nourishment, such as food, that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue.
    • 2012, George Monbiot, Guardian Weekly, August 24, p.20
      Even second-generation biofuels, made from crop wastes or wood, are an environmental disaster, either extending the cultivated area or removing the straw and stovers which protect the soil from erosion and keep carbon and nutrients in the ground.

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nutrient (comparative more nutrient, superlative most nutrient)

  1. providing nourishment

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nūtrient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of nūtriō