Provender is food that might not be fancy but it keeps you from going hungry, like the long-time provender of college students: rice, pasta, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the occasional discount pizza.

The noun provender comes from the Latin word praebenda, meaning “things to be furnished or provided.” Provender is a supply of food meant to sustain people, like a hearty stew that is lunch for military troops who need to keep their energy up. Provender can also describe a food supply for animals such as cows or horses. No matter who or what the provender feeds, the point is, it provides nutrition.

Definitions of provender
  1. noun

    food for domestic livestock

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    blood meal

    the dried and powdered blood of animals
    corn gluten feed

    a feed consisting primarily of corn gluten
    cattle cake

    a concentrated feed for cattle; processed in the form of blocks or cakes
    creep feed

    feed given to young animals isolated in a creep

    coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
    feed grain

    grain grown for cattle feed
    ensilage, silage

    fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
    oil cake

    mass of e.g. linseed or cottonseed or soybean from which the oil has been pressed; used as food for livestock
    pigswill, pigwash, slop, slops, swill

    wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk

    mixture of ground animal feeds
    cud, rechewed food

    food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again
    bird feed, bird food, birdseed

    food given to birds; usually mixed seeds
    pet food, pet-food, petfood

    food prepared for animal pets

    nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
    fish meal

    ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock
    eatage, forage, grass, pasturage, pasture

    bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
    oil meal

    ground oil cake

    leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
    broad bean, horse bean

    a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder

    grass mowed and cured for use as fodder

    the dried stalks and leaves of a field crop (especially corn) used as animal fodder after the grain has been harvested
    chicken feed, scratch

    dry mash for poultry
    dog food

    food prepared for dogs
    cat food

    food prepared for cats
    canary seed

    a mixture of seeds used to feed caged birds
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    food, nutrient

    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

  2. noun

    a stock or supply of foods

    commissariat, provisions, viands, victuals
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    food cache

    food in a secure or hidden storage place

    a supply of food especially for a household
    type of:

    food, nutrient

    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

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