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feeder (n.)

early 15c., "one who feeds (an animal);" 1560s, "one who eats;" agent noun from feed (v.). As a mechanical apparatus for conveying materials, from 1660s. Of cattle and streams, by 1790s; of roads and railroads, by 1850s.

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Definitions of feeder from WordNet

feeder (n.)
an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening;
feeder (n.)
someone who consumes food for nourishment;
Synonyms: eater
feeder (n.)
a branch that flows into the main stream;
feeder (n.)
a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material;
the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the livestock
Synonyms: self-feeder
feeder (n.)
an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds;
Synonyms: bird feeder / birdfeeder
feeder (n.)
an animal that feeds on a particular source of food;
a mud feeder
a bark feeder
From wordnet.princeton.edu