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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.forager - someone who hunts for food and provisions; "in Japan a fungus forager can earn a good living"
hunter - a person who searches for something; "a treasure hunter"
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Before partisan warfare had been officially recognized by the government, thousands of enemy stragglers, marauders, and foragers had been destroyed by the Cossacks and the peasants, who killed them off as instinctively as dogs worry a stray mad dog to death.
A person, on first entering a tropical forest, is astonished at the labours of the ants: well-beaten paths branch off in every direction, on which an army of never-failing foragers may be seen, some going forth, and others returning, burdened with pieces of green leaf, often larger than their own bodies.
Morris certainly recognizes that there's a gender division of labor and status among the sexes in forager societies, just as there is among farmers, but he argues that the degree of difference is so great as to become categorical.
Recovering evidence for the use of plants in ancient forager diets presents many difficulties due to the low rate of survival of organic remains.
A peppering of recipes completes the fine regional focus on wild foods, making this a top take-along tote for any would-be forager.
His leader, Nigel Forager, quickly gave a response not a million miles away from 'nothing to do with us, gov' and Mr Reckless himself spent a good part of the next day attempting to back-pedal in a manner befitting Big Bro Fred when he's approaching the "massive hill" which he hasn't yet attempted as part of his twowheel bicycle training programme.
A dedicated forager could easily live on venison road kills in those states -- and some do.
Candice Creecy, USMC, faced while participating in a survival training scenario during Marine Air Group (MAG) 12's Forager Fury 2012 exercise, which ran from 28 November through 19 December 2012, on the Pacific islands of Guam and Tinian.
Sloes, the hard, dark purple berries of the blackthorn are expected to be plentiful and prove ever-popular as they enable the forager to become tipsy as a result of their endeavours.
In forager societies, where there are no police, legal systems, or prisons, peace is maintained largely through various forms of social sanctioning, including criticism (e.
It's making a comeback, aided in no small part by people like Irving, who is perhaps Britain's best-known forager.