Provender is food that might not be fancy but it keeps you from going hungry, like the long-time provender of college students: rice, pasta, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the occasional discount pizza.

The noun provender comes from the Latin word praebenda, meaning "things to be furnished or provided." Provender is a supply of food meant to sustain people, like a hearty stew that is lunch for military troops who need to keep their energy up. Provender can also describe a food supply for animals such as cows or horses. No matter who or what the provender feeds, the point is, it provides nutrition.

Definitions of provender

n food for domestic livestock

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blood meal
the dried and powdered blood of animals
corn gluten feed
a feed consisting primarily of corn gluten
cattle cake
a concentrated feed for cattle; processed in the form of blocks or cakes
creep feed
feed given to young animals isolated in a creep
coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
feed grain
grain grown for cattle feed
ensilage, silage
fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
oil cake
mass of e.g. linseed or cottonseed or soybean from which the oil has been pressed; used as food for livestock
pigswill, pigwash, slop, slops, swill
wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
mixture of ground animal feeds
cud, rechewed food
food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again
bird feed, bird food, birdseed
food given to birds; usually mixed seeds
pet food, pet-food, petfood
food prepared for animal pets
nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
fish meal
ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock
eatage, forage, grass, pasturage, pasture
bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
oil meal
ground oil cake
leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
broad bean, horse bean
a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder
grass mowed and cured for use as fodder
the dried stalks and leaves of a field crop (especially corn) used as animal fodder after the grain has been harvested
chicken feed, scratch
dry mash for poultry
dog food
food prepared for dogs
cat food
food prepared for cats
canary seed
a mixture of seeds used to feed caged birds
Type of:
food, nutrient
any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

n a stock or supply of foods

commissariat, provisions, viands, victuals
food cache
food in a secure or hidden storage place
a supply of food especially for a household
Type of:
food, nutrient
any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

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