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1. Dry food for domestic animals, as hay, straw, corn, oats, or a mixture of ground grain; feed. Hay or other provender. Good provender laboring horses would have. (Tusser)

2. Food or provisions.

Origin: OE. Provende, F. Provende, provisions, provender, fr. LL. Praebenda (prae and pro being confused), a daily allowance of provisions, a prebend. See Prebend.