wild rye


Definition of wild rye

: any of several tall grasses (genus Elymus)

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Residue found on artifacts such as grinding stones and hammer stones used to prepare food suggest that people on the site consumed maize, legumes, and barley/wild rye. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig," 21 Mar. 2018

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circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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