noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English fode, from Old English fōda; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder, Latin panis bread, pascere to feed Date: before 12th century 1. a. material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also such food together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments) b. inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution 2. nutriment in solid form 3. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies <
food for thought
foodless adjectivefoodlessness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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