foraging

[fawr-i-jing, for-]
noun
1.
the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter.
adjective
2.
characterized by or dependent upon the acquisition of food by such means; food-gathering: a foraging people.
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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
Numerical study of foraging behavior with short and long range movement in
  heterogeneous environments.
Foraging can be a risky business: in some municipalities, it's not allowed in
  public parks.
Partner penguins didn't compensate by spending more time foraging for food or
  bringing back extra fish.
Theories about foraging say that animals should stick with the proverbial bird
  in the hand, especially when it comes to food.
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