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From a corruption (as if < eat +‎ -age) of edige, eddish. More at eddish.


eatage (countable and uncountable, plural eatages)

  1. Edible growth of grass for horses and cattle, especially that of aftermath.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for eatage in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)