1. Feed for livestock, especially coarsely chopped hay or straw.
2. Raw material, as for artistic creation.
3. A consumable, often inferior item or resource that is in demand and usually abundant supply: romantic novels intended as fodder for the pulp fiction market.
tr.v. fod·dered, fod·der·ing, fod·ders
To feed with fodder.
[Middle English, from Old English fōdor; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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