provender

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From Middle English provendre, from Old French provendre, variant of provende (allowance, provision), from Late Latin praebenda (a payment, in Medieval Latin also an allowance of food and drink, pittance, also a prebend); see prebend.

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provender (usually uncountable, plural provenders)

  1. Food, especially for livestock.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      He ripp'd the womb up of his mother, / Dame Tellus, 'cause he wanted fother, / And provender, wherewith to feed / Himself and his less cruel steed.
    • 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth:
      Irregular, sporadic feeding and strange provender were beginning to take their toll, and I felt queasy at the thought of 'various curries' the Amat's clerk had promised for the first meal of the day.

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