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The oat (Avena sativa), sometimes called the common oat, is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other cereals and pseudocereals). While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed.
From Middle English ote, from Old English āte, from Proto-Germanic *aitǭ (“swelling; gland; nodule”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eyd- (“to swell”). See English atter.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ōt, IPA(key): /əʊt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /oʊt/
- Homophone: ot-
- Rhymes: -əʊt
oat (countable and uncountable, plural...