Fodder for cattle, especially straw or coarse hay. Where live nibbling sheep, And flat meads thatched with stover them to keep. (Shak) Thresh barley as yet but as need shall require, fresh threshed for stover thy cattle desire. (Tusser)
Origin: OE. Estoveir, estovoir, necessity, provisions, properly an inf, to be necessary. Cf. Estovers.