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oat

 (ōt)
n.
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.]
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oat

(əʊt)
n
1. (Plants) an erect annual grass, Avena sativa, grown in temperate regions for its edible seed
2. (Plants) (usually plural) the seeds or fruits of this grass
3. (Plants) any of various other grasses of the genus Avena, such as the wild oat
4. (Instruments) poetic a flute made from an oat straw
5. feel one's oats informal
a. to feel exuberant
b. to feel self-important
6. get one's oats slang to have sexual intercourse
7. sow one's oats sow one's wild oats to indulge in adventure or promiscuity during youth
[Old English āte, of obscure origin]
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oat


(ōt),
n.
1. a cereal grass, Avena sativa, cultivated for its edible grain.
2. Usu., oats. the grain of this plant.
3. any of several other plants of the genus Avena, as the wild oat.
4. Archaic. a musical pipe made of an oat straw.
Idioms:
feel one's oats,
a. to feel or show giddy animation.
b. to have a strong sense of one's own power.
[before 900; Middle English ote, Old English āte]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oat - annual grass of Europe and North Africaoat - annual grass of Europe and North Africa; grains used as food and fodder (referred to primarily in the plural: `oats')
Avena sativa, cereal oat - widely cultivated in temperate regions for its edible grains
Avena fatua, wild oat, wild oat grass - common in meadows and pastures
Avena barbata, slender wild oat - oat of southern Europe and southwestern Asia
animated oat, Avene sterilis, wild red oat - Mediterranean oat held to be progenitor of modern cultivated oat
cereal, cereal grass - grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
2.oat - seed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as `oats')
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
food grain, grain, cereal - foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
Avena sativa, cereal oat - widely cultivated in temperate regions for its edible grains
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oat

n usu plHafer m; oats pl (Cook) → Haferflocken pl; to sow one’s wild oats (fig)sich (dat)die Hörner abstoßen; he’s feeling his oatsihn sticht der Hafer; to be off one’s oats (hum inf)keinen Appetit haben; he hasn’t had his oats for some time (hum inf)der hat schon lange keine mehr vernascht (hum sl)
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For whatever reason--incapacity of stallion to perform on schedule, failure to feel oats, etc., etc.--Wright decided to compose a memoir of his M15 days.