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[prov-uh n-der] /ˈprɒv ən dər/
dry food, as hay or oats, for livestock or other domestic animals; fodder.
food; provisions.
1275-1325; Middle English provendre < Old French, variant of provende prebend, provender < Medieval Latin prōbenda, alteration of praebenda prebend, perhaps by association with Latin prōvidēre to look out for, provide
1. See feed. Unabridged
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Examples for provender
  • The leviathans come in through the extravagant provender, pumping their great flukes.
  • Out here, nothing but stumpy cactus and tumbleweeds and a few old dry bones, provender unfit for the dead.
  • In order to manage an ungovernable beast he must be stinted in his provender.
  • Whatever game reaches the table is symbolic, a sign of a successful outing rather than necessary provender.
  • The animals do leave the ground, however, and ascend shrubs and low trees for especially desirable provender.
  • Pa, answered with free medical advice for any disease and other provender.
  • The daily provender of a giraffe weighs about fifty pounds.
  • The frosts and prairie fires having swept away nearly all the forage, provender for the horses and cattle grew scarce.
British Dictionary definitions for provender


any dry feed or fodder for domestic livestock
food in general
Word Origin
C14: from Old French provendre, from Late Latin praebenda grant, from Latin praebēre to proffer; influenced also by Latin prōvidēre to look after
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Word Origin and History for provender
1306, "allowance paid each chapter member of a cathedral," from Anglo-Fr. provendir, O.Fr. provendier, from Gallo-Romance *provenda, alt. (by influence of L. providere "supply") from L.L. præbenda "allowance, subsistence," from L. præbenda "(things) to be furnished," neut. pl. gerundive of præbere "to furnish, offer," from præ- "before" + habere "to hold" (see habit). Meaning "food, provisions, etc." (esp. dry food for horses) is recorded from 1340.
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