groat

noun (1)
\ ˈgrōt How to pronounce groat (audio) \

Definition of groat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 usually plural in form but singular or plural in construction : hulled grain broken into fragments larger than grits
2 : a grain (as of oats) exclusive of the hull

groat

noun (2)

Definition of groat (Entry 2 of 2)

: an old British coin worth four pennies

First Known Use of groat

Noun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groat

Noun (1)

Middle English grotes, plural, from Old English grotan, plural of grot; akin to Old English grēot grit

Noun (2)

Middle English groot, from Middle Dutch

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“Groat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groat. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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