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Definition of "fodder" []

  • Feed for livestock, especially coarsely chopped hay or straw. (noun)
  • Raw material, as for artistic creation. (noun)
  • A consumable, often inferior item or resource that is in demand and usually abundant supply: romantic novels intended as fodder for the pulp fiction market. (noun)
  • To feed with fodder. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fodder" in a sentence
  • "In the fall corn was gathered, first by topping it and the tops were then used in making what they called a fodder house, by sticking crotches in the ground and covering with stalks, often being forty rods in length, then the corn was taken off and thrown into piles, shucks all on."
  • "Hay is scarcely ever used in this part of the country, but, in place of it, the inhabitants feed their cattle with what they call fodder, the leaves of the Indian corn-plant."
  • "Obviously you gents don't realize that we have both summer and winter runs that you can fish for in lots of little creeks that flow directly to the ocean ... lots of log jams, underbrush and yes you can really crush em on a slinky and glo bug ... but what this fodder is about is really transplanted steelhead that have lost any inkling to their genetic strain and are a fine game fish at that."