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rye1

[rahy] /raɪ/
noun, Also called rye whiskey (for defs 4, 5).
1.
a widely cultivated cereal grass, Secale cereale, having one-nerved glumes and two- or three-flowered spikelets.
2.
the seeds or grain of this plant, used for making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock feed.
3.
4.
a straight whiskey distilled from a mash containing 51 percent or more rye grain.
5.
Northeastern U.S. and Canada. a blended whiskey.
adjective
6.
made with rye grain or flour:
rye rolls.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English ryge; cognate with Old Norse rūgr; akin to Dutch rogge, German Roggen

rye2

[rahy] /raɪ/
noun
1.
a male Gypsy.
Origin
1850-55; < Romany rai

Rye

[rahy] /raɪ/
noun
1.
a city in SE New York, on Long Island Sound.
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Examples from the web for rye
  • rye whiskey is the world's great forgotten spirit, distinctive, complex and delicious.
  • The current process for manufacturing it is a rather messy one involving ergot, a parasite of rye.
  • rye infected with ergot, a toxic fungus, has caused devastating epidemics through history.
  • Each wedge goes into a jar filled with red oak sawdust mixed with rye seed or red-oak seed, and the jar is chilled.
  • Gone, too, are long nights spent with a bottle of rye.
  • Seven large wholesale bakers in rye and pumpernickel bread locked out their employes yesterday.
  • My idea of keeping fit: one or two slices of rye bread with spicy herbal cream cheese for breakfast.
  • Clover, oats, and rye are all excellent choices for erosion control.
  • Plant-based foods such as cereals, wheat and rye flour are also rich in asparagine, the scientists note.
  • It is derived originally from ergot, a fungus that grows on rye.
British Dictionary definitions for rye

rye1

/raɪ/
noun
1.
a tall hardy widely cultivated annual grass, Secale cereale, having soft bluish-green leaves, bristly flower spikes, and light brown grain See also wild rye
2.
the grain of this grass, used in making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock food
3.
Also called rye whiskey. whiskey distilled from rye. US whiskey must by law contain not less than 51 per cent rye
4.
(US) short for rye bread
Word Origin
Old English ryge; related to Old Norse rugr, Old French rogga, Old Saxon roggo

rye2

/raɪ/
noun
1.
(dialect) a gentleman
Word Origin
from Romany rai, from Sanskrit rājan king; see rajah

Rye

/raɪ/
noun
1.
a resort in SE England, in East Sussex: one of the Cinque Ports. Pop: 4195 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for rye
n.

Old English ryge, from Proto-Germanic *ruig (cf. Old Saxon roggo, Old Norse rugr, Old Frisian rogga, Middle Dutch rogghe, Old High German rocko, German Roggen), related to or from Balto-Slavic words (cf. Old Church Slavonic ruži, Russian rozh' "rye;" Lithuanian rugys "grain of rye," plural rugiai), from a European PIE root *wrughyo- "rye." Meaning "whiskey" (made from rye) first attested 1835. Rye bread attested from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rye in the Bible

=Rie, (Heb. kussemeth), found in Ex. 9:32; Isa. 28:25, in all of which the margins of the Authorized and of the Revised Versions have "spelt." This Hebrew word also occurs in Ezek. 4:9, where the Authorized Version has "fitches' (q.v.) and the Revised Version "spelt." This, there can be no doubt, was the Triticum spelta, a species of hard, rough-grained wheat.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for rye

Rye

town (parish), Rother district, administrative county of East Sussex, historic county of Sussex, England, on a hill by the River Rother. The community's cobbled streets and timber-framed and Georgian houses attract many tourists. Originally a seaport, Rye was incorporated in 1289 and became a full member of the Cinque Ports (a confederation of English Channel ports) in about 1350. Edward III walled the town, but of the three original 14th-century entrance gates, only Land Gate remains, together with the earlier Ypres Tower (12th century). Buildings of special interest include the Mermaid Inn (1420) and the 18th-century house in which the novelist Henry James spent his later years. From the 15th century the port declined as silting proceeded (the sea is now 2 miles [3 km] away), and the town has grown little outside its medieval perimeter. Pop. (2001) 4,009.

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