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

  • n. The dried stalks and leaves of a cereal crop, used as fodder after the grain has been harvested.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fodder for cattle, especially straw or coarse hay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fodder for cattle, especially straw or coarse hay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bristle up; stiffen.
  • n. Fodder and provision of all sorts for cattle.
  • n. In American agriculture, the stalks of Indian corn collectively, after removal of the ears but including the leaves, used as fodder.

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

  • n. the dried stalks and leaves of a field crop (especially corn) used as animal fodder after the grain has been harvested

Etymologies

Middle English, provisions, from Norman French estovers, from Old French estovier, to be necessary, from Latin est opus, it is necessary : est, third person sing. present tense of esse, to be; see essence + opus, need, work; see opus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Even second generation biofuels, made from crop wastes or wood, are an environmental disaster, either extending the cultivated area or removing the straw and stovers which protect the soil from erosion and keep carbon and nutrients in the ground."
    - George Monbiot, Hunger Games, monbiot.com, 13 August 2012.

    August 14, 2012