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roughage

[ruhf-ij]
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noun
  1. rough or coarse material.
  2. any coarse, rough food for livestock.
  3. fiber(def 9).
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Origin of roughage

First recorded in 1880–85; rough + -age
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Examples from the Web for roughage

Historical Examples

  • Some roughage such as vegetables or hay should also be supplied.

    Ducks and Geese

    Harry M. Lamon

  • The feed given them should consist of both grain and some form of roughage.

    Ducks and Geese

    Harry M. Lamon

  • It is on this roughage or waste material that intestinal movement or peristalsis depends.

  • No provision is made for furnishing the fattening geese with green feed or roughage.

    Ducks and Geese

    Harry M. Lamon

  • Roughage is supplied if not available otherwise and straw, hay or vegetables are utilized for this purpose.

    Ducks and Geese

    Harry M. Lamon


British Dictionary definitions for roughage

roughage

noun
  1. the coarse indigestible constituents of food or fodder, which provide bulk to the diet and promote normal bowel functionSee also dietary fibre
  2. any rough or coarse material
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Word Origin and History for roughage

n.

1883, "rough grass or weeds," from rough (adj.) + -age. Meaning "coarse, bulky food" first recorded 1927.

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roughage in Medicine

roughage

(rŭfĭj)