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fodder

[fod-er] /ˈfɒd ər/
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 of fodder
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fodder, fōdor; cognate with German Futter; akin to food
Synonyms
1. See feed.
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fodder

/ˈfɒdə/
noun
1.
bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc
2.
raw experience or material: fodder for the imagination
verb
3.
(transitive) to supply (livestock) with fodder
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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Slang definitions & phrases for fodder

fodder

Related Terms

bung fodder, cannon fodder

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fodder in the Bible

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").

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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