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roughage

[ruhf-ij] /ˈrʌf ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
rough or coarse material.
2.
any coarse, rough food for livestock.
3.
fiber (def 9).
Origin of roughage
1880-1885
1880-85; rough + -age
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British Dictionary definitions for roughage

roughage

/ˈrʌfɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the coarse indigestible constituents of food or fodder, which provide bulk to the diet and promote normal bowel function See also dietary fibre
2.
any rough or coarse material
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Word Origin and History for roughage
n.

1883, "rough grass or weeds," from rough (adj.) + -age. Meaning "coarse, bulky food" first recorded 1927.

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roughage in Medicine

roughage rough·age (rŭf'ĭj)
n.
See fiber.

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