sto·​ver | \ ˈstō-vər How to pronounce stover (audio) \

Definition of stover

1 dialectal, chiefly England : fodder
2 : mature cured stalks of corn with the ears removed that are used as feed for livestock

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Recent Examples on the Web Cellulosic ethanol, for example, uses corn stover, wood waste, or other plant material that would not be used otherwise. National Geographic, "Biofuels, explained," 15 July 2019 One of the leading companies exploring ethanol from biomass is Novozymes, which is developing an enzyme that turns corn stovers, wood chips, switchgrass and other agricultural waste into glucose sugar that can be converted into ethanol. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Ethanol: Good Today, Better Tomorrow," 3 Feb. 2006

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First Known Use of stover

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stover

Middle English, modification of Anglo-French estovers necessary supplies, from estover to be necessary, ultimately from Latin est opus there is need

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“Stover.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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