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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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Translations
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havre
aveno
kaer
kaura
zob
zab
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havre

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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References in classic literature ?
He afterwards showed me a wisp of hay, and a fetlock full of oats; but I shook my head, to signify that neither of these were food for me.
On the other side was comparatively level ground, thickly covered with wild oats. As we emerged from the chaparral Morgan was but a few yards in advance.
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!
Levin waved his hand angrily, went into the granary to glance at the oats, and then to the stable.
"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--"