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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cannon fodder
▪ Children will be cannon fodder to boost a school's image.
▪ Between them the eight runners had won three races; they were racing's cannon fodder.
▪ If all three aspects are not addressed the 240 additional cannon fodder will not remain in the system either.
▪ The rains failed for two years in succession and the fodder crops planted in the demonstration ranch never materialized.
▪ Thus it is both a cash crop and a fodder crop.
▪ Forestry Management Planning, extension and training skills, with experience in reafforestation, agro- and community forestry, fodder crops.
▪ Many of the fodder crops are sold to the hill farmers and some are used to fatten the lambs.
▪ Both are used for winter fodder.
▪ The squatters used holly as winter fodder for their cattle.
▪ The grass continues to grow almost all year, so only a little winter fodder is needed.
▪ Distant washes, jagged peaks and alluring nooks in remote canyons provide fodder for imagined adventures.
▪ The convictions certainly will provide more political fodder for Republicans intent on keeping the issue before voters.
▪ All the left-over crops are chopped up and used as cattle fodder.
▪ Beet tops were left on the ground as fodder for a small flock of sheep.
▪ If we wanted to be tabloid fodder we easily could be.
▪ Is all fact simply fodder for legend?
▪ Maybe if you were stoned at a light show the Jimi Hendrix Experience could be boogie fodder.
▪ Potatoes are the only cash crop though even some of these are used for fodder.
▪ The convictions certainly will provide more political fodder for Republicans intent on keeping the issue before voters.
▪ Thus it is both a cash crop and a fodder crop.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fodder \Fod"der\ (f[o^]d"d[~e]r), n. [See 1st Fother.] A weight by which lead and some other metals were formerly sold, in England, varying from 191/2 to 24 cwt.; a fother.


Fodder \Fod"der\ (f[o^]d"d[~e]r), n. [AS. f[=o]dder, f[=o]ddor, fodder (also sheath case), fr. f[=o]da food; akin to D. voeder, OHG. fuotar, G. futter, Icel. f[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. foder. [root]75. See Food and cf. Forage, Fur.] That which is fed out to cattle horses, and sheep, as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.


Fodder \Fod"der\ (f[o^]d"d[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Foddered (f[o^]d"d[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Foddering.] To feed, as cattle, with dry food or cut grass, etc.; to furnish with hay, straw, oats, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English fodder "food," especially "hay, straw, or other bulk food for cattle," from Proto-Germanic *fodram (cognates: Old Norse foðr, Middle Dutch voeder, Old High German fuotar, German Futter), from PIE *pa-trom, suffixed form of *pa- "to feed" (see food).


n. 1 Food for animals; that which is fed to cattle, horses, and sheep, such as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc. 2 (context: historical) A load: various English units of weight or volume based upon standardized cartloads of certain commodities, generally around 1000 kg. 3 (context slang drafting design English) tracing paper. 4 (context figurative English) Something which serves as inspiration or encouragement, ''especially'' for satire or humour. 5 (context cryptic crosswords English) The text to be operated on (anagrammed, etc.) within a clue. vb. (context dialect English) To feed animals (with fodder).

  1. n. coarse food (especially for cattle and horses) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop

  2. v. give fodder (to domesticated animals)


Fodder, a type of animal feed, is any agricultural foodstuff used specifically to feed domesticated livestock, such as cattle, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and pigs. "Fodder" refers particularly to food given to the animals (including plants cut and carried to them), rather than that which they forage for themselves (see forage). It includes hay, straw, silage, compressed and pelleted feeds, oils and mixed rations, and sprouted grains and legumes. Most animal feed is from plants, but some manufacturers add ingredients to processed feeds that are of animal origin.

The worldwide animal feed industry produced tons of feed ( compound feed equivalent) in 2011, fast approaching 1 billion tonnes according to the International Feed Industry Federation, with an annual growth rate of about 2%. The use of agricultural land to grow feed rather than human food can be controversial; some types of feed, such as corn ( maize), can also serve as human food; those that cannot, such as grassland grass, may be grown on land that can be used for crops consumed by humans. Some agricultural byproducts fed to animals may be considered unsavory by human consumers.

Usage examples of "fodder".

Jinks, appearing to be aware of the existence of Fodder for the first time.

Ralph perfected the reconciliation by declaring that Fodder was the most vicious and dangerous of animals, and that no one could rationally wonder at his conduct on this occasion.

And tying Fodder to the pump, he pushed aside the under-tunics which depended from lines, and were fluttering in the wind, and so made his entrance into the dwelling.

As they walked on Ryder and Ali discussed how best to maintain a constant supply of fodder to keep their charges nourished and healthy.

I believe that there is not sufficient good fodder to feed the camels for the heavy work they must do.

In the middle of the next afternoon they couched the camels in the lengthening shadow of a small volcanic hillock and fed them on the fodder they had cut on the riverbank.

Refreshed by the copious draughts of water and the fodder they had eaten they paced out strongly.

They brought up fodder, fresh camels and the provisions we were lacking.

I must provide fodder and provisions along the road, pay the guards at the border.

I will bring six strong fresh camels all provisioned with waterskins, fodder and food.

While the herders cut fodder from the riverbank and carried it back in bundles to feed the mules, the servants erected a large dining and sitting tent and two smaller sleeping tents.

Without those two friendships, she would be either mindless magic fodder in the Warrens or already dead.

Mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, innocent and guilty, pure and evil, all became fodder that fed the swelling seas, the blazing storms.

Human food was becoming short and bird fodder so scarce that even horses were sacrificed.

Further back came ambulances and more carts, some carrying field kitchens and provisions, many more loaded with fodder for the animals involved in this punitive expedition.