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[fod-er] /ˈfɒd ər/

coarse food for livestock, composed of entire plants, including leaves, stalks, and grain, of such forages as corn and sorghum.
people considered as readily available and of little value:
cannon fodder.
raw material:
fodder for a comedian’s routine.
verb (used with object)
to feed with or as if with fodder.
bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc
raw experience or material: fodder for the imagination
(transitive) to supply (livestock) with fodder

Old English fodder “food,” especially “food for cattle,” from Proto-Germanic *fodran (cf. Old Norse foðr, Middle Dutch voeder, Old High German fuotar, German Futter), from PIE *patrom, from *pa- “to feed” (see food).

Related Terms

bung fodder, cannon fodder

Heb. belil, (Job 6:5), meaning properly a mixture or medley (Lat. farrago), “made up of various kinds of grain, as wheat, barley, vetches, and the like, all mixed together, and then sown or given to cattle” (Job 24:6, A.V. “corn,” R.V. “provender;” Isa. 30:24, provender”).


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