forage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forage, from Old French fourage, forage, a derivative of fuerre ‎(fodder, straw), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *fōdar ‎(fodder, sheath), from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą ‎(fodder, feed, sheath), from Proto-Indo-European *patrom ‎(fodder), *pat- ‎(to feed), *pāy- ‎(to guard, graze, feed). Cognate with Old High German fuotar (German Futter ‎(fodder, feed)), Old English fōdor, fōþor ‎(food, fodder, covering, case, basket), Dutch voeder ‎(forage, food, feed), Danish foder ‎(fodder, feed), Icelandic fóðr ‎(fodder, sheath). More at fodder, food.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɒɹᵻdʒ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹᵻdʒ/, /ˈfɑɹᵻdʒ/, /ˈfoɚdʒ/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: forge (some American accents)

Noun[edit]

forage ‎(plural forages)

  1. Fodder for animals, especially cattle and horses.
    • 1819, Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:[1]
      “The hermit was apparently somewhat moved to compassion by the anxiety as well as address which the stranger displayed in tending his horse; for, muttering something about provender left for the keeper's palfrey, he dragged out of a recess a bundle of forage, which he spread before the knight's charger.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  2. An act or instance of foraging.
    • Shakespeare
      He [the lion] from forage will incline to play.
    • Marshall
      Mawhood completed his forage unmolested.
    • 1860 September, “A Chapter on Rats”, in The Knickerbocker, volume 56, number 3, page 304:
      ‘My dears,’ he discourses to them — how he licks his gums, long toothless, as he speaks of his forages into the well-stored cellars: []
  3. (obsolete) The demand for fodder etc by an army from the local population

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Verb[edit]

forage ‎(third-person singular simple present forages, present participle foraging, simple past and past participle foraged)

  1. To search for and gather food for animals, particularly cattle and horses.
    • 1841, James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer, Chapter 8:
      The message said that the party intended to hunt and forage through this region, for a month or two, afore it went back into the Canadas.
  2. To rampage through, gathering and destroying as one goes.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 1, Scene 2:
      And your great-uncle's, Edward the Black Prince, / Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, / Making defeat on the full power of France, / Whiles his most mighty father on a hill / Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp / Forage in blood of French nobility.
  3. To rummage.
    • 1898, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrecker:
      Using the blankets for a basket, we sent up the books, instruments, and clothes to swell our growing midden on the deck; and then Nares, going on hands and knees, began to forage underneath the bed.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From forer +‎ -age

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

forage m ‎(plural forages)

  1. drilling (act of drilling)

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