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nourishment (n.)

early 15c., norishement, "food, sustenance, that which, taken into the system, tends to nourish," from Old French norissement "food, nourishment," from norrir (see nourish). From c. 1300 as "fostering, upbringing; act of nourishing or state of being nourished." Figurative sense of "that which promotes growth or development of any kind" is by 1570s.

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Definitions of nourishment from WordNet

nourishment (n.)
a source of materials to nourish the body;
Synonyms: nutriment / nutrition / sustenance / aliment / alimentation / victuals
nourishment (n.)
the act of nourishing;
her nourishment of the orphans saved many lives
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