wild rye


Definition of wild rye

: any of several tall grasses (genus Elymus)

Examples of wild rye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of wild rye

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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“Wild rye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20rye. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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