forage

[fawr-ij, for-]
noun
1.
food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.
2.
the seeking or obtaining of such food.
3.
the act of searching for provisions of any kind.
4.
a raid.
verb (used without object), foraged, foraging.
5.
to wander or go in search of provisions.
6.
to search about; seek; rummage; hunt: He went foraging in the attic for old mementos.
7.
to make a raid.
verb (used with object), foraged, foraging.
8.
to collect forage from; strip of supplies; plunder: to forage the countryside.
9.
to supply with forage.
10.
to obtain by foraging.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder (< Gmc)

forager, noun
unforaged, adjective


1. See feed.
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forage (ˈfɒrɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw
2.  the act of searching for food or provisions
3.  military a raid or incursion
 
vb
4.  to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc
5.  (intr) military to carry out a raid
6.  (tr) to obtain by searching about
7.  (tr) to give food or other provisions to
8.  (tr) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food
 
[C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder]
 
'forager
 
n

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forage
early 14c., from O.Fr. forage, from fuerre "fodder, straw," from Frankish *fodr "food" (cf. O.H.G. fuotar, O.E. fodor); see fodder. The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Foraged; forager; foraging.
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Example sentences
With rain forests shrinking, hungry elephants foraged farmland, destroying
  crops.
There they foraged for salmon and other fish, ptarmigan and other birds, ground
  squirrels and other small mammals.
Emaciated and lice-infested, he foraged for food in garbage cans and slept in
  doorways.
These birds formed small flocks of three to six birds that moved and foraged
  actively in the upper canopy.
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