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- fetayle, vetaille, vetel, victuayle, vitaill, vitaille, vitaylle, viteill, vitell, vittaille, vytayle
vitaile (plural vitailes or vitaile)
- (primarily as a plural) That which provides nutrition; food, nourishment.
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Prologues”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], →OCLC; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, →OCLC, “The Frere”, column 2, lines 246–248:
- It is not honeſt, it maye not auaunce / For to deale wyth ſuche porayle / But all wyth ryche and ſellers of vytayle
- It is not honest, it may not advance / To deal with such poor people / But all with rich, and sellers of food
- A ration or rations, victuals; one's store of food for journeying.
- 15th c., “Processus Noe cum filiis [Noah and the Ark]”, in Wakefield Mystery Plays; Re-edited in George England, Alfred W. Pollard, editors, The Towneley Plays (Early English Text Society Extra Series; LXXI), London: […] Oxford University Press, 1897, →OCLC, page 27, lines 154–155:
- ffor thay may the avayll / when al this thyng is wroght' / stuf thi ship with vitayll, / ffor hungre that ye perish noght
- For your own good after this thing [the Flood] is done, stuff your shop with provisions so as not to perish from hunger
- Food yielded from agriculture.
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