Definition of oat in English:

oat

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Pronunciation: /əʊt
 
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noun

1An Old World cereal plant with a loose, branched cluster of florets, cultivated in cool climates and widely used for animal feed.
  • Avena sativa, family Gramineae
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  • Glabrous mutant varieties have been identified in many cereal crop species, including rice, wheat, barley, oats, pearl millet, sugarcane, and sorghum.
  • Barley, oats, triticale and rye are all valuable in animal feed, and if managed carefully, can produce profitable yields.
  • Monotony came from the self-sufficiency of small farms; since bread was the staple food, most farms grew wheat, along with other cereals like rye, oat, buckwheat, maize and barley.
1.1 (oats) The grain yielded by the oat plant, used as food: oats are great health value [with modifier]: porridge oats
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  • On the other hand, wholegrains (such as brown rice, oats, wholemeal bread, wholewheat pasta), tend to give rise to more tempered amounts of insulin.
  • In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour, muscovado sugar, oats, and oil, mixing well with a spoon or your hands until the mixture holds together in clumps and all the flour is incorporated.
  • This vegan cheddar is essentially made out of brown rice, oats and canola oil.
1.2Used in names of wild grasses related to the cultivated oat, e.g. wild oat.
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  • Wild oats is the most serious grassy weed in the Prairies.
  • The seedhead of slender wild oat is very attenuated and from it projects a long (2-inch) awn that looks like an antenna from a large insect.
  • Future work will address the impact of infection on these wild grass hosts.
2 literary An oat stem used as a musical pipe by shepherds, especially in pastoral or bucolic poetry.

Origin

Old English āte, plural ātan, of unknown origin. Unlike other names of cereals (such as wheat, barley, etc.), oat is not a mass noun and may originally have denoted the individual grain, which may imply that oats were eaten in grains and not as meal.

Phrases

feel one's oats

North American informal Feel lively and energetic: she’s in the pink and feeling her oats
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  • For one thing, (The Corsair feels his oats) there is a deep discrepancy as to how each of them perceives their ‘relationship.’
  • Libby is feeling his oats now, but when his wife explains how they have no money coming in and tons of it going out, with no prospect of making any more money for years.
  • Now that you're feeling your oats and enjoying the fruits of your hard labor, not to mention that shake, we might as well let you in on a little secret: you may not be as strong as you think.

get one's oats

British informal Have sexual intercourse.
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  • The poor teenagers think that this really happens, and feel inadequate that it doesn't happen to them, even though their mates claim they get their oats on a regular basis.
  • It is kind as if you are saying, Hell I don't need to kiss properly now, I'm going to get my oats anyway.
  • Oats are thought to promote fertility because of their combination of proteins, fats and vitamins so there may be some truth in the old expression ‘getting your oats’.

sow one's wild oats

Go through a period of wild or promiscuous behaviour while young: he sowed his wild oats before settling down
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  • Life was ‘full and merry’, perhaps selfish and debauched, with heavy use of the double standard as young men ‘sowed their wild oats’.
  • In this case, it is probably for the best that they sow their wild oats when they are young.
  • The next summer he sows his wild oats, but tries to maintain a ‘friendship’ with me.

Derivatives

oaten

adjective ( archaic )
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  • Rolls of good quality oaten hay are valued at between $60 and $70 a roll.
  • In the west, it was mostly oaten straw that was used and it was important that the material had not been damaged and so, there was great care taken with the straw when it was threshed by the flail.
  • In Robin's world, each of his merry man is promised three suits of Lincoln green each year, along with a salary, venison, ‘sweet oaten cakes, and curds and honey’.

oaty

adjective (oatier, oatiest)
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  • To accompany your morning coffee, have some oaty chocolate brownies with white and dark chocolate - since there are oats in the mixture, they are a healthier option than some brownies.
  • It sat on a spicy, oaty venison haggis which could have been good on its own but not soaked in another shiny gravy called ‘rich game sauce’.
  • The chocolate Hob Nob, my favourite British biscuit, becomes a floaty oaty chocolatey mess.

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