wild oat

noun

Definition of wild oat 

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

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

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First Known Use of wild oat

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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