feeder

[ fee-der ]
/ ˈfi dər /

noun

adjective

being, functioning as, or serving as a feeder.
pertaining to livestock to be fattened for market.

Origin of feeder

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at feed, -er1
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feeder

/ (ˈfiːdə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for feeder

feeder


n.

early 15c., "one who feeds an animal;" 1560s, "one who eats;" agent noun from feed. As a mechanical apparatus, from 1660s. Of cattle and streams, by 1790s; of roads and railroads, by 1850s.

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