One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘without sustenance the creature will die’
nourishment, food, nutriment, nutrition, fare, diet, daily bread, provisions, rations, means of keeping body and soul together
informal grub, chow, scoff
formal comestibles, provender
archaic victuals, vittles, viands, meat
2‘he kept two or three cows for the sustenance of his family’
support, maintenance, keep, means of support, means, living, livelihood, subsistence, income, source of income
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