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 (fôr′ĭj, fŏr′-)
1. Plant material that livestock graze or that is cut and fed to them.
2. The act of looking or searching for food or provisions.
v. for·aged, for·ag·ing, for·ag·es
1. To wander in search of food or provisions.
2. To search for a particular food or foods, often in the wild: foraged for mushrooms; foraging in the farmers' markets for choice produce.
3. To make a raid, as for food: soldiers foraging near an abandoned farm.
4. To conduct a search; rummage: foraged through the clutter in his closet.
1. To collect forage from; strip of food or supplies: troops who were foraging the countryside.
2. Informal To obtain by foraging: foraged a snack from the refrigerator.

[Middle English, from Old French fourrage, from forrer, to forage, from feurre, fodder, of Germanic origin; see pā- in Indo-European roots.]

for′ag·er n.
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Noun1.foraging - the act of searching for food and provisionsforaging - the act of searching for food and provisions
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
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This Faustian dilemma--enhanced competition in resource-poor habitats versus greater risk of predation--is embodied in Fretwell's ideal free distribution theory (Fretwell & Lucas 1970), an outgrowth of optimal foraging theory first developed to explore how trade-offs in competitive ability and predation risk impact resource use (MacArthur & Pianka 1966).
With the development of foraging theory (Stephens and Krebs, 1986; Ydenberg et al.
Eight reasons why optimal foraging theory is a complete waste of time.
Optimal foraging theory predicts that squirrels should respond to food items differently if they differ in their characteristics.
The optimum foraging theory predicts at least a few of those reasons, as it states that a fish will eat whatever is most easily captured, with the least amount of energy loss in handling the prey.
The researchers say this runs contrary to optimal foraging theory, which says animals evolve to make the most rational choices possible to guarantee their survival.
A pioneer of hunter-gatherer foraging theory, Bettinger (anthropology, U.
In chapter four Dusseldorp outlines the general principles of Optimal Foraging Theory (OPT) and the application of the diet breadth model to the study of Neanderthal subsistence behaviour.
Beaver foraging patterns have been described as generally consistent with central place foraging theory (Schoener 1979, Basey and Jenkins 1995, Donkor and Fryxell 2000, Barnes and Mallik 2001).
1988) documented that the greater selectivity for prey sizes displayed by beavers was consistent with central place foraging theory (Fryxell & Doucet 1991).
Optimal foraging theory shows that wild plant foods in general give an inadequate energy return for survival, whereas the top-ranking food items for energy return are large hunted animals.
Williams and Fantino (1994) used variable-ratio schedules in the initial links of concurrent-chains schedules to contrast delay-reduction theory with a simple rate maximizing view from optimal foraging theory.