1. Dry food, such as hay, used as feed for livestock.
2. Food or provisions.
[Middle English provendre, from Old French, alteration of provende, from Vulgar Latin *prōvenda, alteration (influenced by Latin prōvidēre, to provide) of Late Latin praebenda; see PREBEND.]
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