noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
hulled grain, as wheat or oats, broken into fragments.
hulled kernels of oats, buckwheat, or barley.

before 1100; Middle English grotes (plural), Old English grot meal; akin to grits Unabridged


a silver coin of England, equal to four pennies, issued from 1279 to 1662.

1325–75; Middle English groot < Middle Dutch groot large, name of a large coin; see great Unabridged
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groat (ɡrəʊt)
an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
[C14: from Middle Dutch groot, from Middle Low German gros, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (coin); see groschen]

groats (ɡrəʊts)
pl n
1.  the hulled and crushed grain of oats, wheat, or certain other cereals
2.  the parts of oat kernels used as food
[Old English grot particle; related to grota fragment, as in meregrota pearl; see grit, grout]

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Word Origin & History

"medieval European coin," late 14c., probably from M.Du. groot, elliptical use of adj. meaning "great" (in sense of "thick"); see great. Recognized from 13c. in various nations, in 14c. it was roughly one-eighth an ounce of silver; the English groat coined 1351-2 was worth four pence.

"hulled grain," c.1100, from O.E. grot "particle," from same root as grit.
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Example sentences
And if you don't relish a side dish of buckwheat groats, add some to soups and
We dehulled the oat grains and measured the densities of the oat groats and
Groat breakage was determined by hand sorting of dehulled groats and removing
  the broken groats.
Rolled oats are oat groats that have been steamed, rolled, and flaked.
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