What does the word pottage mean?

Usage examples for pottage

  1. Who would his birthright sell for pottage- mess But a dull, sensual Esau, blind to good? – Sonnets and Other Verse by W. M. MacKeracher
  2. " Mademoiselle, it is the mess of pottage," the young man answered gloomily. – A Chair on The Boulevard by Leonard Merrick