What does the word provender mean?

Usage examples for provender

  1. The last three days had been warm, the thermometer going up to 98 degrees in the shade each day at about twelve o'clock; the camels were very thirsty, and would not feed as the provender was so very poor. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  2. The coming of the holidays had turned his thoughts backward to the care- free days of boyhood and he longed for the holidaying provender of his youth with a longing that was as wide as a river and as deep as a well. – Cobb's Bill-of-Fare by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  3. If, on the other hand, we gave an abundance of provender, and it lacked the constituents necessary for the purposes in view, or was of such an indigestible nature that its nutritive properties could not be extracted by the gastric fluids, this would be just as bad as giving improper medicines, both in reference to its quantity and quality. – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd