- (dated) Supplying food.
1720, Alexander Pope, The Iliad of Homer, 1899 ed. edition:
- Athens the fair, where great Erectheus sway'd, That owed his nurture to the blue-eyed maid, But from the teeming furrow took his birth, The mighty offspring of the foodful earth.
- Wastes too bleak to rear / The common growth of earth, the foodful ear.
1894, John Muir, The Mountains of California:
- Of all the conifers […] , this foodful little pine is the commonest tree, and the most important.
1903, Mary Hunter Austin, The Land Of Little Rain:
- It seems that most seeds are foodful in the arid regions, most berries edible, and many shrubs good for firewood with the sap in them.