1. fodder:O.E. fodor "food," especially "food for cattle," from P.Gmc. *fodran (cf. O.N. foðr, M.Du. voeder, O.H.G. fuotar, Ger. Futter), from PIE *patrom, from *pat- "to feed" (see food).
  2. forage (n.):c.1315, from O.Fr. forage, from fuerre "fodder, straw," from Frank. *fodr "food" (cf. O.H.G. fuotar, O.E. fodor); see fodder. The verb is first recorded 1417.
  3. alfalfa:1845, from Sp. alfalfa, earlier alfalfez, from Arabic al-fisfisa "fresh fodder."
  4. foray :1375, Scottish back-formation of forreyer "raider, forager," from O.Fr. forrier, from forrer "to forage," related to fuerre "fodder" (see forage).
  5. pabulum :"food," 1678, from L. pabulum "fodder, food," from PIE base *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food) + instrumentive suffix *-dhlom. Pablum (1932), derived from this, is a trademark (Mead Johnson & Co.) for a soft, bland cereal used as a food for weak and invalid people, hence fig. use (attested from 1970, first by U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew) in ref. to "mushy" political prose.
  6. food:O.E. foda, from P.Gmc. *fodon (cf. Goth. fodeins), from Gmc. root *fod-, equivalent of PIE *pa-/*pi- "to tend, keep, pasture, to protect, to guard, to feed" (cf. Gk. pateisthai "to feed;" L. pabulum "food, fodder," panis "bread," pasci "to feed," pascare "to graze, pasture, feed," pastor "shepherd," lit. "feeder;" Avestan pitu- "food;" O.C.S. pasti "feed cattle, pasture;" Rus. pishcha "food"). Foodie, colloquial for "gourmet," is first attested 1982. Food chain is from 1927.

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