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noun 
  1. Fodder for animals, especially cattle and horses.
1819 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 , which he spread before the knight's charger. " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=555890591&tag=Scott,+Walter:+Ivanhoe.+A+Romance,+1819&query=forage&id=ScoIvan here
verb (forag, , ing)
  1. To search for and gather food for animals, particularly cattle and horses.
1841 The message said that the party intended to hunt and forage through this region, for a month or two, afore it went back into the Canadas " James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=766700022&tag=069&query=forage&id=eaf069v1 Chapter 8.
  1. To rampage through, gathering and destroying as one goes.
1599 And your great-uncle's, Edward the Black Prince,
Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,
Making defeat on the full power of France,
Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp
Forage in blood of French nobility. " Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 1, Scene 2.
  1. To rummage.
1898 Using the blankets for a basket, we sent up the books, instruments, and clothes to swell our growing midden on the deck; and then Nares, going on hands and knees, began to underneath the bed. " Robert Louis Stevenson, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=596645883&tag=Stevenson,+Robert+Louis,+1850-1894:+The+Wrecker,+1898&query=forage&id=SteWrec The Wrecker.
adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to forage or foraging.
1903 As to my dress, I covered my Hussar uniform with a long cloak, and I put a grey cap upon my head. " Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Gerard'', http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=275485053&tag=Doyle,+Arthur+Conan:+The+Adventures+of+Gerard,+1902&query=forage&id=DoyGera Chapter 4.

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