What does the word provender mean?

Usage examples for provender

  1. 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
  2. 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