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fodder

[fod-er]
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noun
  1. coarse food for livestock, composed of entire plants, including leaves, stalks, and grain, of such forages as corn and sorghum.
  2. people considered as readily available and of little value: cannon fodder.
  3. raw material: fodder for a comedian's routine.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to feed with or as if with fodder.
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Origin of fodder

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fodder, fōdor; cognate with German Futter; akin to food

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1. See feed.
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fodder

noun
  1. bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc
  2. raw experience or materialfodder for the imagination
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verb
  1. (tr) to supply (livestock) with fodder
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Word Origin

Old English fōdor; related to Old Norse fōthr, Old High German fuotar; see food, forage
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Word Origin and History for fodder

n.

Old English fodder "food," especially "food for cattle," from Proto-Germanic *fodran (cf. Old Norse foðr, Middle Dutch voeder, Old High German fuotar, German Futter), from PIE *patrom, from *pa- "to feed" (see food).

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