Browse (brouz), n. [OF. brost,
broust, sprout, shoot, F. brout browse, browsewood, prob. fr.
OHG. burst, G. borste, bristle; cf. also Armor.
brousta to browse. See Bristle, n.,
Brush, n.] The tender branches or twigs of
trees and shrubs, fit for the food of cattle and other animals; green
Sheep, goats, and oxen, and the nobler steed,
On browse, and corn, and flowery meadows feed.
Browse, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Browsed (brouzd); p. pr. & vb. n.
Browsing.] [For broust, OF. brouster, bruster,
F. brouter. See Browse, n., and cf.
Brut.] 1. To eat or nibble off, as the tender
branches of trees, shrubs, etc.; -- said of cattle, sheep, deer, and some
Yes, like the stag, when snow the plasture sheets,
The barks of trees thou browsedst.
2. To feed on, as pasture; to pasture on; to
Fields . . . browsed by deep-uddered kine.
Browse (brouz), v. i. 1.
To feed on the tender branches or shoots of shrubs or trees, as do
cattle, sheep, and deer.
2. To pasture; to feed; to nibble.