The form Tritici is the least sharply marked and will grow on wheat, barley, rye and oat but not on the other grasses.
The oat crop has increased the most rapidly of any since 1880.
Then he took a few steps toward the oat bin, which had a hinged cover like the boxes in the grocery where the coffee is kept.
Where wheat is unprofitable, the oat crop is used in its stead.
This, with cakes of oat meal and potatoes, forms the principal food of many parts of Scotland.
Then take them oat, drain, and cool them, and put them into a small tub.
Not a husk of oat would she touch that had been under the breath of another horse, however hungry she might be.
The only way I ever feel like pettin' that oat barrel,' I says, 'is with a rope's end.'
She is positively brisk in hustling for apples in the orchard and for heads of oats around the oat stack.
In Bohemia the oat crop is, unfortunately, very bad this season.
Old English ate (plural atan) "grain of the oat plant, wild oats," of uncertain origin, possibly from Old Norse eitill "nodule," denoting a single grain, of unknown origin. The English word has cognates in Frisian and some Dutch dialects. Famously defined by Johnson as, "A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people."
The usual Germanic name is derived from Proto-Germanic *khabran (cf. Old Norse hafri, Dutch haver, source of haversack). Wild oats, "crop that one will regret sowing," is first attested 1560s, in reference to the folly of sowing these instead of good grain.
That wilfull and vnruly age, which lacketh rypenes and discretion, and (as wee saye) hath not sowed all theyr wyeld Oates. [Thomas Newton, "Lemnie's Touchstone of complexions," 1576]Hence, to feel (one's) oats "be lively," 1831, originally American English.
Fred Sanford: I still want to sow some wild oats!
Lamont Sanford: At your age, you don't have no wild oats, you got shredded wheat.
["Sanford and Son"]