roughage

noun rough·age \ ˈrə-fij \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of roughage

: mostly indigestible material in food (such as legumes, whole grains, and vegetables) that promotes elimination of waste from the large intestine : fiber 1d
  • Knowing where to get dietary fiber is important because strong evidence now links roughage to good health, weight management and a reduced risk of colon cancer and other major diseases.
  • —Elizabeth Somer
also : food containing much indigestible material acting as fiber
  • That's okay, though: Junk food has a place in a moviegoing diet, as long as you make room for roughage elsewhere.
  • —Ty Burr

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First Known Use of roughage

1911

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ROUGHAGE Defined for English Language Learners

roughage

Definition of roughage for English Language Learners

  • : plant material that cannot be digested but that helps you to digest other food


ROUGHAGE Defined for Kids

roughage

noun rough·age \ ˈrə-fij \

Definition of roughage for Students

1 : fiber 2
2 : food (as bran) containing much indigestible material acting as fiber

Medical Dictionary

roughage

noun rough·age \ ˈrəf-ij \

medical Definition of roughage

: fiber 2; also : food (as bran) containing much indigestible material acting as fiber


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