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provender (n.)

c. 1300, provendre, "allowance paid each chapter member of a cathedral," from Anglo-French provendir, Old French provendier "provider; recipient, beneficiary," from Gallo-Roman *provenda, altered (by influence of Latin providere "supply") from Late Latin praebenda "allowance, subsistence," from Latin praebenda "(things) to be furnished," neuter plural gerundive of praebere "to furnish, offer," from prae "before" (see pre-) + habere "to hold" (from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive"). Meaning "food, provisions, etc." (especially dry food for horses or other domesticated beasts) is recorded from mid-14c.

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Definitions of provender from WordNet

provender (n.)
food for domestic livestock;
Synonyms: feed
provender (n.)
a stock or supply of foods;
Synonyms: commissariat / provisions / viands / victuals
From wordnet.princeton.edu