forage

noun
for·​age | \ ˈfȯr-ij How to pronounce forage (audio) , ˈfär-\

Definition of forage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing The grass serves as forage for livestock.
2 [ 2forage ] : the act of foraging : search for provisions They made forages to find food.

forage

verb
foraged; foraging

Definition of forage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strip of provisions : collect forage from
2 : to secure by foraging foraged a chicken for the feast

intransitive verb

1 : to wander in search of forage or food
2 : to secure forage (as for horses) by stripping the country
3 : ravage, raid
4 : to make a search : rummage

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Other Words from forage

Verb

forager noun

Synonyms for forage

Synonyms: Verb

browse, graze, pasture, rustle

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Examples of forage in a Sentence

Noun

The grass serves as forage for livestock.

Verb

The cows were foraging in the pasture. He had to forage for firewood.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the last phase of their lives, worker bees venture miles from the hive to forage for pollen and nectar. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 While the pond is stocked with bluegills as a forage fish for the bass, the ones that are left probably are too big for the bass to eat, Myers said. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Too many bass: A pond with a problem lures plenty of helpers," 20 June 2019 In the Hardie Summer allotment, there’s plenty of forage, including grasses and flowering pants, for both cows and birds. Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive.com, "Judge won’t rule until July 17 on request to bar further grazing by Hammond Ranches Inc.," 28 June 2019 One day, a fleet of bees equipped with these sensors could help farmers monitor the health of their crops, and give biologists insights into how bees forage for food, find pollen and navigate through the environment. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Backpack-wearing bumblebees could buzz fields, tell farmers how crops are doing," 13 Dec. 2018 But small differences in how ants respond to interactions can add up to big differences in how colonies forage, which in turn affects how many offspring colonies have. Quanta Magazine, "Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants," 25 June 2015 The pasture has been beaten to hell by the animals, requiring in spring, summer, and fall a constant upkeep of irrigation to maintain the grass for forage. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 And any poults that did result from rare successful nests faced a dry landscape that was lacking abundant insects for forage and grasses or other vegetation for cover from predators and Texas’ scorching summer sun. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Texas turkeys thriving after mild, wet spring," 8 June 2019 Tropic birds, shearwaters, petrels, terns, boobies, and other birds of the open ocean roost and forage on sargassum mats. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "Life in the North Atlantic depends on this floating seaweed," 12 June 2019

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But in some parts of the world, farming and foraging happened simultaneously to complement each other. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Humans have been impacting Earth for thousands of years, study says," 29 Aug. 2019 More by Peter Fimrite Bobcats reduced their daytime activity by 31%, skunk activity decreased 40%and opossums foraged 66% less when people were talking. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fearsome mountain lions high-tail it out of there when they hear human voices," 17 July 2019 Connor, for his part, doubts that foraging drove the emergence of these complex social associations. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Gorillas have developed humanlike social structure, controversial study suggests," 17 July 2019 This dedication to gourmet artistry exists all year; resort Executive Chef Sunny Jin personally forages in the surrounding forest for ingredients. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 Jones and Bones is a cramped curiosity shop stocked with eclectic treasures, including cork travel bags from Portugal, foraged dried mushrooms from Napa Valley’s Wineforest and infused, barrel-aged Runamok maple syrup from Vermont. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "A weekend of beachy fun in Capitola-by-the-Sea," 16 June 2019 Berries can often be foraged out in the nature, and wild Alaskan blueberries are more nutritious than common blueberries. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 Irv Erdos’ weekly humor column, Ham on Wry A small controversy arose over a recent story in the Union-Tribune about foraging in the wild. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego’s attractions are a delicious adventure," 7 July 2019 So far this year, elevated levels of the harmful toxins have been found in shellfish foraged from Southeast Alaska to the Gulf of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Kodiak Island, McLaughlin said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Eating shellfish you’ve harvested yourself is risky - and can be deadly," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of forage

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for forage

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of forage was in the 14th century

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forage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

forage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forage (Entry 2 of 2)

of an animal : to eat growing grass or other plants
: to search for something (such as food or supplies)

forage

noun
for·​age | \ ˈfȯr-ij How to pronounce forage (audio) \

Kids Definition of forage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: food (as grass) for browsing or grazing animals

forage

verb
foraged; foraging

Kids Definition of forage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to nibble or eat grass or other plants Cows foraged in the field.
2 : search entry 1 sense 1 We foraged for firewood.

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