Foraging
Forage For"age, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Foraged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foraging}.] To wander or rove in search of food; to collect food, esp. forage, for horses and cattle by feeding on or stripping the country; to ravage; to feed on spoil. [1913 Webster]

His most mighty father on a hill Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp Forage in blood of French nobility. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Foraging ant} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of ants of the genus {Eciton}, very abundant in tropical America, remarkable for marching in vast armies in search of food.

{Foraging cap}, a forage cap.

{Foraging party}, a party sent out after forage. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Foraging cap — Forage For age, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Foraged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foraging}.] To wander or rove in search of food; to collect food, esp. forage, for horses and cattle by feeding on or stripping the country; to ravage; to feed on spoil. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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