wild oat

noun
common in meadows and pastures
Syn: ↑wild oat grass, ↑Avena fatua
Hypernyms: ↑oat

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noun
1.
a. : a wild grass of the genus Avena: as
(1) : a European annual weed (A. fatua) that is common in meadows and pastures
c. : a plant of the genus Uvularia
a. : offenses and indiscretions ascribed to youthful exuberance
b. : male premarital promiscuity — usually used in the phrase sow one's wild oats

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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, tubular flowers.
3. sow one's wild oats, to have a youthful fling at reckless and indiscreet behavior, esp. to be promiscuous before marriage.
[1490-1500]

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wild oat noun
Any of several tall perennial weeds related to the cultivated oat, eg Avena fatua
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Main Entry:wild

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n. an Old World grass that is related to the cultivated oat and is commonly found as a weed of other cereal plants. Avena fatua, family Gramineae

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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

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