roughage

[ ruhf-ij ]
/ ˈrʌf ɪdʒ /

noun

rough or coarse material.
any coarse, rough food for livestock.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. rough-legged hawk,
  2. rough-sawn,
  3. rough-spoken,
  4. rough-voiced,
  5. rough-winged swallow,
  6. roughback,
  7. roughcast,
  8. roughen,
  9. rougher,
  10. roughhouse

Origin of roughage

First recorded in 1880–85; rough + -age

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British Dictionary definitions for roughage

roughage

/ (ˈrʌfɪdʒ) /

noun

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

roughage

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for roughage

roughage

[ rŭfĭj ]

n.

fiber

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