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wild oat

noun

Definition of wild oat

  1. 1 :  any of several Old World wild grasses (genus Avena); especially :  a Eurasian annual weed (A. fatua) common in meadows and pastures

  2. 2 plural :  offenses and indiscretions ascribed to youthful exuberance —usually used in the phrase sow one's wild oats



15th Century

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15th century


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