Oat grass

Oat grass
Oat Oat ([=o]t), n.; pl. {Oats} ([=o]ts). [OE. ote, ate, AS. [=a]ta, akin to Fries. oat. Of uncertain origin.] 1. (Bot.) A well-known cereal grass ({Avena sativa}), and its edible grain, used as food and fodder; -- commonly used in the plural and in a collective sense. [1913 Webster]

2. A musical pipe made of oat straw. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Animated oats} or {Animal oats} (Bot.), A grass ({Avena sterilis}) much like oats, but with a long spirally twisted awn which coils and uncoils with changes of moisture, and thus gives the grains an apparently automatic motion.

{Oat fowl} (Zo["o]l.), the snow bunting; -- so called from its feeding on oats. [Prov. Eng.]

{Oat grass} (Bot.), the name of several grasses more or less resembling oats, as {Danthonia spicata}, {Danthonia sericea}, and {Arrhenatherum avenaceum}, all common in parts of the United States.

{To feel one's oats}, (a) to be conceited or self-important. [Slang] (b) to feel lively and energetic.

{To sow one's wild oats}, to indulge in youthful dissipation. --Thackeray.

{Wild oats} (Bot.), a grass ({Avena fatua}) much resembling oats, and by some persons supposed to be the original of cultivated oats. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • oat grass — oat′ grass n. bot (boi pln) any of several grasses of the genus Arrhenatherum or Danthonia having a purplish green flowering panicle • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • oat grass — n. any of various oatlike grasses; esp., any of several grasses (genera Arrhenatherum and Danthonia) growing on hillsides and in woods …   English World dictionary

  • oat grass — noun 1. : wild oat 1a 2. : one of several grasses of the genera Danthoina and Trisetum 3. a. Australia : ulla grass …   Useful english dictionary

  • oat grass — any of several grasses of the genus Arrhenatherum or Danthonia, esp. A. elatius, native to Europe, having a purplish green flowering panicle. [1570 80] * * * ▪ plant       any of the perennial plants of two genera of grasses, Arrhenatherum and… …   Universalium

  • oat grass — avižuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių (Poacecae) šeimos augalų gentis (Arrhenatherum). atitikmenys: lot. Arrhenatherum angl. oat grass vok. Glatthafer rus. райграс; райграс французкий lenk. żyźnica; owsik; rajgras …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • oat grass — noun a wild grass which resembles the oat. [Avenula and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • oat grass — noun Date: 1578 wild oat 1a; broadly any of several grasses resembling the oat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oat grass — noun One of the various Eurasian and African grasses Arrhenatherum and Danthonia …   Wiktionary

  • Blue oat grass — Taxobox name = Blue oat grass image width = 220px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Poales familia = Poaceae subfamilia = Pooideae tribus = Aveneae genus = Helictotrichon species = H. sempervirens binomial =… …   Wikipedia

  • false oat grass — aukštoji avižuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Arrhenatherum elatius), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Arrhenatherum elatius angl. false oat grass; French raygrass;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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