Word of the Day: provender
origin: from Latin "praebere", meaning to proffer
1. Fodder for livestock.
"The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall
eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel
and with the fan."
--The Holy Bible, Isaiah, 30:24
"The hermit was apparently somewhat moved to compassion by the
anxiety as well as address which the stranger displayed in tending
his horse; for, muttering something about provender left for the
keeper's palfrey, he dragged out of a recess a bundle of forage,
which he spread before the knight's charger..."
--Sir Walter Scott, "Ivanhoe"
2. Food in general.
"It is a vulgar error to suppose that you have tasted huckleberries
who never plucked them...The ambrosial and essential part of the
fruit is lost with the bloom which is rubbed off in the market
cart, and they become mere provender."
--Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"
"But there are more than five sexes and only demotic Greek seems to
distinguish among them. The sexual provender which lies to hand is
staggering in its variety and profusion."
--Lawrence Durrell, "Justine"
Editor's note: also from "Walden" -
"There is a work in several volumes in our Circulating Library entitled
'Little Reading,' which I thought referred to a town of that name which
I had not been to. There are those who, like cormorants and ostriches,
can digest all sorts of this, even after the fullest dinner of meats and
vegetables, for they suffer nothing to be wasted. If others are the
machines to provide this provender, they are the machines to read it.
They read the nine thousandth tale about Zebulon and Sophronia, and how
they loved as none had ever loved before..."
Publish Date: 01/20/2011