From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Groats \Groats\, n. pl. [OE. grot, AS. gr[=a]tan; akin to Icel.
   grautr porridge, and to E. gritt, grout. See Grout.]
   Dried grain, as oats or wheat, hulled and broken or crushed;
   in high milling, cracked fragments of wheat larger than
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   Embden groats, crushed oats.
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