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nutriment (NOO-truh-ment, NYOO-) noun

A substance that provides nourishment; food.

[From Middle English, eventually from Latin nutrimentum, from nutrire (to nourish).]

"In order for oral consumption-or the lack thereof-to become our God, nutriment itself must reach a transcendent status. So here's the latest gastrosophical gospel: Food is no longer food. Food is a drug." Frederick Kaufman, Our Daily Bread, Harper's Magazine (New York), Jan 2000.

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He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. -Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

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