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[ruhf-ij] /ˈrʌf ɪdʒ/
rough or coarse material.
any coarse, rough food for livestock.
fiber (def 9).
Origin of roughage
First recorded in 1880-85; rough + -age Unabridged
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  • The feed given them should consist of both grain and some form of roughage.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • Some roughage such as vegetables or hay should also be supplied.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • It is on this roughage or waste material that intestinal movement or peristalsis depends.

    Health Through Will Power James J. Walsh
  • 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
  • The geese will eat a considerable amount of this which thus helps to supply the roughage which they need.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • Alfalfa in every instance is intended as a roughage, as an appetizer and as a protein feed.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • Economy in raising live stock demands the production of all "roughness" or roughage materials on the farm.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • In this rotation the only roughage obtained is the corn stover and the oat straw.

  • Also they gave us roughage fur our hosses and wouldn't take pay fur none of it, indicatin' by signs that it was all a free gift.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for roughage


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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roughage in Medicine

roughage rough·age (rŭf'ĭj)
See fiber.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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