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wild oat

noun
1.
any uncultivated species of Avena, especially a common weedy grass, A. fatua, resembling the cultivated oat.
2.
a hardy plant, Uvularia sessilifolia, of the lily family, of eastern North America, having deep green, hairy leaves and greenish-yellow, tubular flowers.
Idioms
3.
sow one's wild oats, to have a youthful fling at reckless and indiscreet behavior, especially to be promiscuous before marriage.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500
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British Dictionary definitions for wild oats

wild oats

plural noun
1.
(slang) the indiscretions of youth, esp dissoluteness before settling down (esp in the phrase sow one's wild oats)

wild oat

noun
1.
any of several temperate annual grasses of the genus Avena, esp A. fatua, that grow as weeds and have long bristles on their flower spikes
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wild oats

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Encyclopedia Article for wild oats

wild oat

any of several tufted annual grasses of the genus Avena (family Poaceae), native to Eurasia. Wild oats are sometimes cut for hay, and young plants provide forage for grazing animals

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