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forage

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noun for·age \ˈfȯr-ij, ˈfär-\

Simple Definition of forage

  • : grasses and other plants that are eaten by animals (such as cows)

Full Definition of forage

  1. 1 :  food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing

  2. 2 [2forage] :  the act of foraging :  search for provisions

Examples of forage

  1. The grass serves as forage for livestock.



Origin of forage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from fuerre, foer fodder, straw, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder — more at food


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with forage


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forage

verb for·age

Simple Definition of forage

  • of an animal : to eat growing grass or other plants

  • : to search for something (such as food or supplies)

Full Definition of forage

for·agedfor·ag·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strip of provisions :  collect forage from

  3. 2 :  to secure by foraging <foraged a chicken for the feast>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to wander in search of forage or food

  6. 2 :  to secure forage (as for horses) by stripping the country

  7. 3 :  ravage, raid

  8. 4 :  to make a search :  rummage

for·ag·er noun

Examples of forage

  1. The cows were foraging in the pasture.

  2. He had to forage for firewood.



15th Century

First Known Use of forage

15th century

Rhymes with forage



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