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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oat(noun)

    annual grass of Europe and North Africa; grains used as food and fodder (referred to primarily in the plural: `oats')

  2. oat(noun)

    seed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as `oats')


  1. oat(Noun)

    A widely cultivated cereal grass, Avena sativa.

    The oat stalks made good straw.

  2. oat(Noun)

    Any of several similar grain plants.

    The wild red oat is thought to be the ancestor of modern food oats,

  3. oat(Noun)

    The seeds of the oat, harvested as a food crop.

  4. Origin: ote, from ate, from aitōn (compare Old High German eiz, Dutch etter, East Frisian eitel, Old Norse eitill), from h₁eid- (compare Latin aemidus, Old Church Slavonic ядъ, Ancient Greek οἰδέω, Old Armenian այտնում, այտ, Sanskrit इन्दु. For sense development, compare Ancient Greek oídax 'unripe fig' from oîdos 'swelling, tumor'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oat(noun)

    a well-known cereal grass (Avena sativa), and its edible grain; -- commonly used in the plural and in a collective sense

  2. Oat(noun)

    a musical pipe made of oat straw

  3. Origin: [OE. ote, ate, AS. ta, akin to Fries. oat. Of uncertain origin.]


  1. Oat

    The common oat is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name. While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed. Oats typically make up a part of the daily diet of domestic horses, about 20% of daily intake or smaller, and are regularly fed to cattle, as well. Oats are also used in some brands of dog food and chicken feed. Oat seeds are commonly marketed as cat grass to cat enthusiasts, since cats readily harvest and eat tender young oat, wheat, and some other grass sprouts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oat

    ōt (oftener in pl. Oats, ōts), n. a well-known grassy plant, the seeds of which are much used as food: its seeds: a musical pipe of oat-straw: a shepherd's pipe, pastoral song generally.—n. Oat′cake, a thin broad cake made of oatmeal.—adj. Oat′en, consisting of an oat stem or straw: made of oatmeal.—ns. Oat′-grass, two species of oat, useful more as fodder than for the seed; Oat′meal, meal made of oats.—Sow one's wild oats, to indulge in the usual youthful dissipations. [A.S. áta, pl. átan.]

Editors Contribution

  1. oat

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created and cultivated in various species, used for various purposes.

    Oat is a much loved crop and food and used for a variety of purposes which include porridge, cereal, flour, biscuits and other things.

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Anagrams for oat »

  1. AOT

  2. tao

  3. ATO


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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