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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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;  --  commonly  used  in  the  plural  and  in  a 
  collective  sense 
 
  2.  A  musical  pipe  made  of  oat  straw.  [Obs.]  --Milton. 
 
  {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},  {D.  sericea},  and 
  {Arrhenatherum  avenaceum},  all  common  in  parts  of  the 
  United  States. 
 
  {To  feel  one's  oats},  to  be  conceited  ro  self-important. 
  [Slang] 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  OATS 
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