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Middle English ote, from Old English āte, from Proto-Germanic *aitǭ (“swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eid- (“to swell”). For sense development, compare Ancient Greek oídax 'unripe fig' from oîdos 'swelling, tumor'.
- (uncountable) Widely cultivated cereal grass, typically Avena sativa.
- The oat stalks made good straw.
- The main forms of oat are meal and bran.
- World trade in oat is increasing.
- (countable) Any of the numerous species, varieties, or cultivars of any of several similar grain plants in genus Avena.
- The wild red oat is thought to be the ancestor of modern food oats.
- (usually as plural) The seeds of the oat, harvested as a food crop.
terms derived from oat
a widely cultivated cereal grass
seeds of the oat — see oats
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- Plural form of oka