animated oats


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. A musical pipe made of oat straw. [Obs.] --Milton.
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   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 (Zool.), 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.
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