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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 discovery is the earliest documented use of potatoes in North America, an important energy source that has been largely undervalued or even ignored when diet breadth analyses and optimal foraging theory have been applied in archaeological studies," (http://www.
According to the Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT), animals search, capture, and consume prey containing the maximum nutritional value, spending the least energy as possible during this process (MacArthur & Pianka, 1966; Pyke, 1984).
Optimal foraging theory suggests that an animal should forage in areas where its intake rate is highest and predation risk lowest (Houtman and Dill 1998).
Foraging theory upscaled: the behavioural ecology of herbivore movement.
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).
Optimal foraging theory explains why trophy bluegills sometimes feed on small prey.
With the development of foraging theory (Stephens and Krebs, 1986; Ydenberg et al.
Applying foraging theory to wildlife conservation: An application with the raccoon (Procyon lotor).
According to foraging theory, herbivores will maximize their foraging efficiency by consuming the most profitable food sources while minimizing the associated costs of obtaining them (Charnov 1976; Stephens and Krebs 1986).
Optimal foraging theory predicts that squirrels should respond to food items differently if they differ in their characteristics.
Some models, based on fish from the temperate region, support the optimal foraging theory modeling the relationship between prey abundance and foraging time (Werner & Hall 1974); others discuss additional factors acting in prey choice as size (Gill 2003).