One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who provides cattle or other animals with fodder. In early use also more generally: a person who provides food (obsolete).
Old English; earliest use found in Orosius' History. In Old English (i) cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch voederaer (Dutch † voederaar), Old High German fuotarari (Middle High German vuoteraere, vüeteraere, German Fütterer) from the Germanic base of fodder + the Germanic base of -er.
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