wild oat
noun Date: 15th century 1. any of several Old World wild grasses (genus Avena); especially a Eurasian annual weed (A. fatua) common in meadows and pastures 2. plural offenses and indiscretions ascribed to youthful exuberance — usually used in the phrase sow one's wild oats

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  • Wild oat — Wild Wild, a. [Compar. {Wilder}; superl. {Wildest}.] [OE. wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG. wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild, bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild game, deer; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wild oat — wild′ oat′ n. pln any uncultivated species of Avena, esp. a common weedy grass, A. fatua, resembling the cultivated oat • sow one s wild oats Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • wild oat — noun common in meadows and pastures • Syn: ↑wild oat grass, ↑Avena fatua • Hypernyms: ↑oat * * * noun 1. a. : a wild grass of the genus Avena: as …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wild oat — In strictly botanical usage, Wild Oat refers to several species of oat in the genus Avena: * Avena barbata Slender Wild Oat * Avena fatua Common Wild Oat * Avena sterilis Winter Wild OatThere are many additional meanings derived from the… …   Wikipedia

  • wild oat — tuščioji aviža statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos maistinis, pašarinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Avena fatua), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir šiaurės Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Avena fatua angl. spring wild oat; wild oat… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • wild oat — noun a grass which is related to the cultivated oat and is found as a weed of other cereals. [Avena fatua.] Phrases sow one s wild oats see oat …   English new terms dictionary

  • wild oat — 1. any uncultivated species of Avena, esp. a common weedy grass, A. fatua, resembling the cultivated oat. 2. a hardy plant, Uvularia sessilifolia, of the lily family, of eastern North America, having deep green, hairy leaves and greenish yellow,… …   Universalium

  • wild oat grass — noun common in meadows and pastures • Syn: ↑wild oat, ↑Avena fatua • Hypernyms: ↑oat * * * noun 1. : wild oat 1 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • wild-oat kicker — noun : a grain cleaner in which the sieve is so constructed that the kernels come to an angle in the throat which they cannot pass through and are kicked backward in the direction of the throw of the sieve and eventually discharged from the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Her Wild Oat — Infobox film name=Her Wild Oat caption=Colleen Moore as Mary Brown director=Marshall Neilan producer =John McCormick writer= Gerald C. Duffy Howard Irving Young (story) George Marion Jr. (titles) starring=Colleen Moore cinematography=George J.… …   Wikipedia

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