mid-14c., from Old French abondance and directly from Latin abundantia "fullness, plenty," noun of state from abundantem (nominative abundans), present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound).
1. The shallow sea bed yields up an abundance of food.
2. Food was in abundance.
3. At the feast there was food and drink in abundance.
4. Irrigation is easy in the South because of the abundance of water.
5. There is an abundance of commodity supplies on the markets.