from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A source of nourishment, especially a nourishing ingredient in a food.
  • adj. Providing nourishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A source of nourishment, such as food, that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue.
  • adj. providing nourishment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth.
  • n. Any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth; a nutriment.
  • n. A substance added to the growth medium of a microorganism to promote growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affording nutriment or nourishment; nourishing; nutritive; nutritious.
  • Conveying or purveying nourishment; alimentative: as, nutrient vessels.
  • n. A nutrient substance; something nutritious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
  • adj. of or providing nourishment
  • n. any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis


Latin nūtriēns, nūtrient-, present participle of nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nutriens, present participle of nutrire ("to suckle, nourish, foster"). (Wiktionary)


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