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cereal

[seer-ee-uh l] /ˈsɪər i əl/
noun
1.
any plant of the grass family yielding an edible grain, as wheat, rye, oats, rice, or corn.
2.
the grain itself.
3.
some edible preparation of it, especially a breakfast food.
adjective
4.
of or relating to grain or the plants producing it.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Cereālis of, pertaining to Ceres; see -al1
Related forms
noncereal, adjective, noun
Can be confused
cereal, serial.
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cereal

/ˈsɪərɪəl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cereālis concerning agriculture, of Ceres1
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Word Origin and History for non cereal

cereal

n.

1832, "grass yielding edible grain," originally an adjective (1818) "having to do with edible grain," from French céréale (16c., "of Ceres;" 18c. in grain sense), from Latin Cerealis "of grain," originally "of Ceres," from Ceres, Italic goddess of agriculture, from PIE *ker-es-, from root *ker- "to grow" (see crescent). The application to breakfast food cereal made from grain is American English, 1899.

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cereal
  (sîr'ē-əl)   
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.
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