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 for sustenance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sustenance \Sus"te*nance\, n. [OF. sustenance, sostenance,
     soustenance: cf. L. sustenentia endurance. See Sustain.]
     1. The act of sustaining; support; maintenance; subsistence;
        as, the sustenance of the body; the sustenance of life.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. That which supports life; food; victuals; provisions;
        means of living; as, the city has ample sustenance. "A man
        of little sustenance." --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
              For lying is thy sustenance, thy food. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a source of materials to nourish the body [syn:
           nutriment, nourishment, nutrition, sustenance,
           aliment, alimentation, victuals]
      2: the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was
         expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for
         support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood" [syn:
         support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and
         butter, sustenance]
      3: the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of
         subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was
         their main sustainment" [syn: sustenance, sustentation,
         sustainment, maintenance, upkeep]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  104 Moby Thesaurus words for "sustenance":
     TLC, aid, aliment, alimentation, alimony, backing, board, bread,
     bread and butter, care, carriage, carrying, cheer, chow,
     comestibles, continualness, continuance, continuation, continuity,
     creature comfort, cuisine, daily bread, eatables, eats,
     economic support, edibles, endowment, endurance, extension, fare,
     fast food, feast, food, food and drink, foodstuff, foodstuffs,
     groceries, grub, health food, ingesta, junk food, keep,
     kitchen stuff, lengthening, livelihood, living, maintenance, manna,
     meat, moral support, mothering, nosh, nourishment, nurture,
     nutriment, pabulum, pap, perpetuation, perseverance, persistence,
     price support, progress, progression, prolongation, protraction,
     provender, provision, provisions, psychological support, pursuance,
     rations, refection, refreshment, reliance, repetition, run, salt,
     scoff, security blanket, spread, staying power, straight course,
     subsidization, subsidy, subsistence, subvention, support,
     supportive relationship, supportive therapy, sustained action,
     sustaining, sustainment, sustentation, table, tender loving care,
     tucker, uninterrupted course, unremittingness, upholding, upkeep,
     viands, victuals, vittles, way

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