Forage

Definition of Forage

For´age
n.1.The act of foraging; search for provisions, etc.
He [the lion] from forage will incline to play.
- Shak.
One way a band select from forage drives
A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine.
- Milton.
Mawhood completed his forage unmolested.
- Marshall.
2.Food of any kind for animals, especially for horses and cattle, as grass, pasture, hay, corn, oats.
Forage cap
See under Cap.
Forage master
(Mil.) a person charged with providing forage and the means of transporting it.
- Farrow.
v. i.1.To wander or rove in search of food; to collect food, esp. forage, for horses and cattle by feeding on or stripping the country; to ravage; to feed on spoil.
[imp. & p. p. Foraged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Foraging .]
His most mighty father on a hill
Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp
Forage in blood of French nobility.
- Shak.
Foraging ant
(Zool.) one of several species of ants of the genus Eciton, very abundant in tropical America, remarkable for marching in vast armies in search of food.
Foraging cap
a forage cap.
Foraging party
a party sent out after forage.
v. t.1.To strip of provisions; to supply with forage; as, to forage steeds.

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