alimentary
adjective Date: 1615 1. of or relating to nourishment or nutrition 2. furnishing sustenance or maintenance

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  • Alimentary — Al i*men ta*ry, a. [L. alimentarius, fr. alimentum: cf. F. alimentaire.] Pertaining to aliment or food, or to the function of nutrition; nutritious; alimental; as, alimentary substances. [1913 Webster] {Alimentary canal}, the entire channel,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alimentary — (adj.) 1610s, from M.L. alimentarius pertaining to food, from L. alimentum nourishment, from alere to nourish, rear, support, maintain, from PIE root *al to grow, nourish (see OLD (Cf. old)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • alimentary — [adj] digestive comestible, dietary, digestible, nourishing, nutrient, nutritional, nutritious, nutritive, peptic, salutary, sustaining, sustentative; concepts 406,485 …   New thesaurus

  • alimentary — [al΄ə men′tə rē, al΄əmen′trē] adj. [L alimentarius: see ALIMENT] 1. connected with food or nutrition 2. nourishing 3. furnishing support or sustenance …   English World dictionary

  • alimentary — Relating to food or nutrition. [L. alimentarius, fr. alimentum, nourishment] * * * al·i·men·ta·ry .al ə ment ə rē, men trē adj of, concerned with, or relating to nourishment or to the function of nutrition: NUTRITIVE <alimentary processes of… …   Medical dictionary

  • alimentary — /æləˈmɛntri / (say aluh mentree) adjective 1. concerned with the function of nutrition. 2. relating to food; nutritious. 3. providing sustenance or maintenance. 4. Law protective: an alimentary trust …   Australian English dictionary

  • alimentary — adj. of, relating to, or providing nourishment or sustenance. Phrases and idioms: alimentary canal Anat. the passage along which food is passed from the mouth to the anus during digestion. Etymology: L alimentarius (as ALIMENT) …   Useful english dictionary

  • alimentary — adj. [L. alimentum, food] Pertaining to food or nutrition …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • alimentary — /al euh men teuh ree/, adj. 1. concerned with the function of nutrition; nutritive. 2. pertaining to food. 3. providing sustenance or maintenance. [1605 15; < L alimentarius. See ALIMENT, ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • alimentary — adjective a) of, or relating to food, nutrition or digestion b) nourishing; nutritious …   Wiktionary

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