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provender

[prov-uh n-der] /ˈprɒv ən dər/
noun
1.
dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.
2.
food; provisions.
Origin of provender
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English provendre, from Old French, variant of provende “prebend, provender,” from Medieval Latin prōbenda, alteration of praebenda prebend, perhaps by association with Latin prōvidēre “to look out for, provide
Synonym Study
1. See feed.
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provender

/ˈprɒvɪndə/
noun
1.
any dry feed or fodder for domestic livestock
2.
food in general
Word Origin
C14: from Old French provendre, from Late Latin praebenda grant, from Latin praebēre to proffer; influenced also by Latin prōvidēre to look after
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Word Origin and History for provender
n.

c.1300, "allowance paid each chapter member of a cathedral," from Anglo-French provendir, Old French provendier "provider; recipient, beneficiary," from Gallo-Romance *provenda, altered (by influence of Latin providere "supply") from Late Latin praebenda "allowance, subsistence," from Latin praebenda "(things) to be furnished," neuter plural gerundive of praebere "to furnish, offer," from prae "before" (see pre-) + habere "to hold" (see habit). Meaning "food, provisions, etc." (especially dry food for horses) is recorded from mid-14c.

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