oat

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unripe cultivated oats
oat seeds ready to be prepared as food

Etymology[edit]

From 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'. See English atter.

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oat (countable and uncountable, plural oats)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (usually as plural) The seeds of the oat, harvested as a food crop.

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oat

  1. plural form of oka

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