a. An item of food.
b. A very choice or delicious dish.
2. viands Provisions; victuals.
[Middle English viaunde, from Old French viande, from Vulgar Latin *vīvanda, alteration of Latin vīvenda, neuter pl. gerundive of vīvere, to live; see gwei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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