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oat

1. an erect annual grass, Avena sativa, grown in temperate regions for its edible seed
2. the seeds or fruits of this grass
3. any of various other grasses of the genus Avena, such as the wild oat
4. Poetic Music a flute made from an oat straw

oat

[ōt]
(botany)
Any plant of the genus Avena in the family Graminae, cultivated as an agricultural crop for its seed, a cereal grain, and for straw.
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Oat milling is a non-strategic business for Curtice Burns, while for Ralston Purina, it is a major strategic thrust.
We continue to feel severe pressure on earnings from the depressed conditions in the processed vegetable and oat milling divisions, while our meat snacks division is working hard to improve business with aggressive marketing programs.
In September 1995, the Company decided to exit the industrial oats business and close oat milling operations at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa oats and hot cereal facility.