From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Victuals \Vict"uals\ (v[i^]t"'lz), n. pl. [OE. vitaille, OF.
   vitaille, F. victuaille, pl. victuailles, fr. L. victualia,
   pl. of. victualis belonging to living or nourishment, fr.
   victus nourishment, from vivere, victum, to live; akin to
   vivus living. See Vivid.]
   Food for human beings, esp. when it is cooked or prepared for
   the table; that which supports human life; provisions;
   sustenance; meat; viands.
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         Then had we plenty of victuals.          --Jer. xliv.
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