American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Dry food, such as hay, used as feed for livestock.
- n. Food or provisions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Food; provisions; especially, dry food for beasts, as hay, straw, or corn; fodder.
- n. A prebend.
- n. Synonyms Fodder, etc. See feed, n.
- To feed; fodder, as a horse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Dry food for domestic animals, as hay, straw, corn, oats, or a mixture of ground grain; feed.
- n. R or Obs. Food or provisions.
- n. food for domestic livestock
- n. a stock or supply of foods
- From Middle English provendre, from Old French provendre, var. 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English provendre, from Old French, alteration of provende, from Vulgar Latin *prōvenda, alteration (influenced by Latin prōvidēre, to provide) of Late Latin praebenda; see prebend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mmmm, the crops are coming in and the price of provender is down.”
“They were compelled to seek their provender from the sea, and in time they became salt-water men.”
“The Arab proverb is, "Sweet provender is as bread to camels -- salted provender as confectionery.”
“It were better to be a panniered jack-ass and pick up my scanty provender from the ditch, than be a garter’d peer in such a home as this. —”
“Seemingly the only Londoners who enjoy any extensive variety in their provender are the slum-dwellers.”
“Their provender is a species of grain called _donna_, somewhat like our pease, which are boiled, and then given cold to the horses, mixed with coarse sugar; and twice or thrice a week they have butter given them to scour their bodies.”
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“When the devil's atheistic "provender" tries to vend to you a pack of bubblegum lies without even the barest invocation of what the Bibo Sez - well, betwixt your unending screams of pain and remorse, those who believe what the Bibo Sez will have all of eternity to cackle at your evil folly.”
“British Guiana, there can be no doubt that the sugar cane will be replanted at shorter intervals of time than at present, and that other crops, such as provender crops for cattle, and provision crops for the colonial and perhaps the home market, will be made to alternate in cultivation with the cane.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“He said he would go out for some fresh "provender" and "sort o 'earn his keep" that way.”
“But in justice to her it ought to be added that she seemed only to care for the kind of provender which yielded the largest increment in the way of crumbs.”
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