Definition of


  1. (noun, food) seed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as `oats')
  2. (noun, plant) annual grass of Europe and North Africa; grains used as food and fodder (referred to primarily in the plural: `oats')

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Origin of the word Oat

  1. O.E. ate "grain of the oat plant" (pl. atan), possibly from O.N. eitill "nodule," denoting a single grain, of unknown origin. The usual Gmc. name is derived from P.Gmc. *khabran (cf. O.N. hafri, Du. haver, source of haversack). Famously defined by Johnson as, "A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotlan… more

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Words that sound like Oat

o.d., o.e.d., oath, od, odd, oddity, ode, odo, oed, ootid, otho, otho i, otididae, oto, otoe, ottawa, otto i, out, out to, outdated, outdo, outwit

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