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feeding (n.)

"act of taking food," Old English feding, verbal noun from feed (v.). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.

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Definitions of feeding

feeding (n.)
the act of consuming food;
Synonyms: eating
feeding (n.)
the act of supplying food and nourishment;
Synonyms: alimentation
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