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1. often oats(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. Any of various grasses of the genus Avena, especially A. sativa, widely cultivated for their edible grains.
b. The grain of any of these plants, used as food and fodder.
2. A musical pipe made of an oat straw.

[Middle English ote, from Old English āte.]

sow 1

v. sowed, sown (sōn) or sowed, sow·ing, sows
1. To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.
2. To scatter seed over (land, for example).
3. To strew something around or over (an area); distribute something over: "The yard was sown with cement sculpture" (Ashley Warlick).
4. To propagate; disseminate: sow rumors.
To scatter seed for growing.
sow (one's) oats/wild oats
To indulge in sexually promiscuous or dissolute behavior, especially as a young adult.

[Middle English sowen, from Old English sāwan; see sē- in Indo-European roots.]

sow′er n.

sow 2

a. An adult female pig, especially one that has had at least one litter.
b. The adult female of several other animals, such as the bear.
a. A channel that conducts molten iron to the molds in a pig bed.
b. The mass of metal solidified in such a channel or mold.

[Middle English, from Old English sugu and Old English ; see sū- in Indo-European roots.]
yến mạch


[əʊts] NPLavena fsing
to be off one's oatsestar desganado, haber perdido el apetito
to get one's oats (Brit) → echarse polvos (con regularidad)
see also wild A1.2


[ˈəʊts] navoine f
to sow one's wild oats → faire les quatre cents coups


[ˈəʊts] nplavena


(əuts) noun singular or plural
a type of cereal plant or its grain (seeds). a field of oats; Horses eat oats.


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References in classic literature ?
They dined in the best room, and had oats boiled in milk for the second course, which the old horse ate warm, but the rest cold.
On the other side was comparatively level ground, thickly covered with wild oats.
I had of course long been used to a halter and a headstall, and to be led about in the fields and lanes quietly, but now I was to have a bit and bridle; my master gave me some oats as usual, and after a good deal of coaxing he got the bit into my mouth, and the bridle fixed, but it was a nasty thing
Five are making compote (which meant compost), "four are shifting the oats for fear of a touch of mildew, Konstantin Dmitrievitch.
But a real horse is alive, and trots and prances and eats oats, while this is nothing more than a dead horse, made of wood, and used to saw logs upon.
I am within bounds when I tell you that he was stuffed with oats until one of those old ladies who leave their dishes unwashed at home and go about having expressmen arrested, would have smiled--yes, smiled--to have seen him.
A GROOM used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats and sold them for his own profit.
For wheat, barley, and oats, they ask too much labor; but with pease and beans you may begin, both because they ask less labor, and because they serve for meat, as well as for bread.
Well, my Highness would like some oats," declared the horse.
Yes, go to the yard and fetch a fowl, please, a cock, and you, Misha, bring me some oats.
There was yet a fertile strip of time wherein to sow my last handful of the wild oats of youth.
If it snowed in August it would spoil the corn and the oats and the wheat; and then Uncle Henry wouldn't have any crops; and that would make him poor; and--"