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oatmeal (1)
oatmeal (2)

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From Middle English otemele, from ote (oat) + mele (meal, coarse-ground grains).



oatmeal (usually uncountable, plural oatmeals)

  1. Meal made from rolled or round oats.
    • 2013 July-August, Stephen P. Lownie, David M. Pelz, “Stents to Prevent Stroke”, in American Scientist:
      As we age, the major arteries of our bodies frequently become thickened with plaque, a fatty material with an oatmeal-like consistency that builds up along the inner lining of blood vessels. The reason plaque forms isn’t entirely known, but it seems to be related to high levels of cholesterol inducing an inflammatory response, which can also attract and trap more cellular debris over time.
  2. A breakfast cereal made from rolled oats, cooked in milk and/or water.
    Synonym: (Britain) porridge
  3. A light greyish brown colour, like that of oatmeal.



oatmeal (not comparable)

  1. Of a light greyish brown colour, like that of oatmeal
    • 1929, Homes and Gardens magazine
      Boldly patterned textiles in oatmeal tones with a woven design in a strongly contrasting colour can be used alike for upholstery and as a wall hanging []

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  1. ^ Principles of Engliſh Pronunciation.” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 34: “Oatmeal is ſometimes pronounced ot-meal, but ſeems to be recovering the long ſound of o, as in oat.”.

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