2. A musical pipe made of oat straw.
(Bot.), A grass (Avena sterilis) much like oats, but with a long spirally twisted awn which coils and uncoils with changes of moisture, and thus gives the grains an apparently automatic motion. --
(Zol.), the snow bunting; -- so called from its feeding on oats.
[Prov. Eng.] --
(Bot.), the name of several grasses more or less resembling oats, as Danthonia spicata, Danthonia sericea, and Arrhenatherum avenaceum, all common in parts of the United States. --
To feel one's oats, (a) to be conceited or self-important.
[Slang] (b) to feel lively and energetic. --
To sow one's wild oats, to indulge in youthful dissipation.
(Bot.), a grass (Avena fatua) much resembling oats, and by some persons supposed to be the original of cultivated oats.
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