fodder

[fod-er]
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to feed with or as if with fodder.

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


1. See feed.
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fodder (ˈfɒdə)
 
n
1.  bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc
2.  raw experience or material: fodder for the imagination
 
vb
3.  (tr) to supply (livestock) with fodder
 
[Old English fōdor; related to Old Norse fōthr, Old High German fuotar; see food, forage]

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fodder
O.E. fodor "food," especially "food for cattle," from P.Gmc. *fodran (cf. O.N. foðr, M.Du. voeder, O.H.G. fuotar, Ger. Futter), from PIE *patrom, from *pat- "to feed" (see food).
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Fodder definition


Heb. belil, (Job 6:5), meaning properly a mixture or medley (Lat. farrago), "made up of various kinds of grain, as wheat, barley, vetches, and the like, all mixed together, and then sown or given to cattle" (Job 24:6, A.V. "corn," R.V. "provender;" Isa. 30:24, provender").

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Example sentences
He encourages farmers to bale corn and soybean fodder for feed.
Sugar beets were derived directly from fodder beets which are commonly grown
  for livestock feed.
These strangers were impoverished and disease-ridden, easy fodder for the
  burgeoning coalition of nativists.
Different cultures have their favorite pickle fodder.
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