from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A source of nourishment, especially a nourishing ingredient in a food.
- adj. Providing nourishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A source of nourishment, such as food, that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue.
- adj. providing nourishment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth.
- n. Any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth; a nutriment.
- n. A substance added to the growth medium of a microorganism to promote growth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affording nutriment or nourishment; nourishing; nutritive; nutritious.
- Conveying or purveying nourishment; alimentative: as, nutrient vessels.
- n. A nutrient substance; something nutritious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
- adj. of or providing nourishment
- n. any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis
Latin nūtriēns, nūtrient-, present participle of nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nutriens, present participle of nutrire ("to suckle, nourish, foster"). (Wiktionary)