|1.||any grass that produces an edible grain, such as oat, rye, wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, and millet|
|2.||the grain produced by such a plant|
|3.||any food made from this grain, esp breakfast food|
|4.||(modifier) of or relating to any of these plants or their products: cereal farming|
|[C19: from Latin cereālis concerning agriculture, of |
|cereal (sîr'ē-əl) Pronunciation Key
A grass, such as corn, rice, sorghum, or wheat, whose starchy grains are used as food. Cereals are annual plants, and cereal crops must be reseeded for each growing season. Cereal grasses were domesticated during the Neolithic Period and formed the basis of early agriculture.