[nur-i-shing, nuhr-]
promoting or sustaining life, growth, or strength: a nourishing diet.

1350–1400; Middle English (gerund); see nourish, -ing2

nourishingly, adverb
nonnourishing, adjective
overnourishingly, adverb
self-nourishing, adjective
unnourishing, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to bring up, nurture" (a child, a feeling, etc.), from O.Fr. norriss-, stem of norrir (Fr. nourir), from L. nutrire "to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve," from *nutri (older form of nutrix "nurse"), lit. "she who gives suck," from PIE base *(s)nu- "flow, let flow," hence "to suckle"
(cf. Skt. snauti "she drips, gives milk," Gk. nao "I flow").
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nourish nour·ish (nûr'ĭsh, nŭr'-)
v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth.

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