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[ oht ]
/ oʊt /
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noun

a cereal grass, Avena sativa, cultivated for its edible seed.
Usually oats. (used with a singular or plural verb) the seed of this plant, used as a food for humans and animals.
any of several plants of the same genus, as the wild oat.
Archaic. a musical pipe made of an oat straw.

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Idioms for oat

    feel one's oats, Informal.
    1. to feel frisky or lively.
    2. to be aware of and use one's importance or power.
    sow one's wild oats. wild oat (def. 3).

Origin of oat

before 900; Middle English ote,Old English āte

OTHER WORDS FROM oat

oatlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oat

oat
/ (əʊt) /

noun

Word Origin for oat

Old English āte, of obscure origin
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