Definition of provender in English:

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provender

Pronunciation: /ˈprävəndər/

noun

often humorous
1Food.
Example sentences
  • The children refuse all human food until they are given newly shelled beans, upon which provender they subsist until they learn to eat bread.
  • We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
  • As the rocket and purslane disappeared, I began to forage Greenmarket for fall provender.
1.1 dated Animal fodder.
Example sentences
  • Current costs consisted of provender, i.e. fodder and bedding, the pay of the workers who looked after the horses, and shoeing.
  • Running carrier services efficiently involved considerable expenditure on horses together with their equipment and provender.
  • The owner attached some provender to a rod, and suspended it over the animal's head. The animal, seeing these viands almost within reach, stepped gayly forward to consume them.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French provendre, based on an alteration of Latin praebenda 'things to be supplied' (see prebend).

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Syllabification: prov·en·der

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