nu·​tri·​ment | \ ˈnü-trə-mənt How to pronounce nutriment (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nutriment

: something that nourishes : nutrient Fewer nutriments are lost in steaming than in boiling, and color retention is better.Cook's … the only bird in eastern North America that uses sap as a significant source of nutriment.— Kathy Piper

Examples of nutriment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By linking multiple trees, each fungus diversifies its source of nutriment and hedges against the demise of a single tree or species. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 The number and the quality of seeds determines the greater or lesser presence of insects, which, as is well known, are the principal nutriment of numerous bird populations. Longreads, 23 Mar. 2021 The rich nutriments that are part of the marine ecosystem provide a host of habitats and opportunity for sea life. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of nutriment

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutriment

Middle English, from Latin nutrimentum, from nutrire

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“Nutriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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nu·​tri·​ment | \ ˈnü-trə-mənt How to pronounce nutriment (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of nutriment

: something that nourishes


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Medical Definition of nutriment

: something that nourishes or promotes growth, provides energy, repairs body tissues, and maintains life

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