I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from fuerre, foer fodder, straw, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder — more at food Date: 14th century 1. food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing 2. [forage (II)] the act of foraging ; search for provisions II. verb (foraged; foraging) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to strip of provisions ; collect forage from 2. to secure by foraging <
foraged a chicken for the feast
intransitive verb 1. to wander in search of forage or food 2. to secure forage (as for horses) by stripping the country 3. ravage, raid 4. to make a search ; rummageforager noun

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