Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) Widely cultivated cereal grass, typically Avena sativa.
    The oat stalks made good straw.
    The main forms of oat are meal and bran.
    World trade in oat is increasing.
  2. (countable) Any of the numerous species, varieties, or cultivars of any of several similar grain plants in genus Avena.
    The wild red oat is thought to be the ancestor of modern food oats.
  3. (usually, as plural) The seeds of the oat, a grain, harvested as a food crop.
    • 1991, Cornelia M. Parkinson, Cooking with Oats: Oat Bran, Oatmeal, and More, Storey Publishing (ISBN 9781603422703), page 2 ↗:
      The point is, except in Scotland, people eat comparatively few oats. Scotland's another story, though you'll have to decide how seriously to take it. The way the story goes is that in eastern Scotland, the unmarried plowmen didn't eat anything but oats and milk, except for an occasional potato.
  4. A simple musical pipe made of oat-straw.

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