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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
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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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The uniformity index was designed to evaluate for the equal distribution of grain among the three size fractions that would be used for oat milling. More equal distributions among these fractions would allow for more efficient milling from three streams, since all streams would be of about the same mass.
In light of the importance of this characteristic to groat percentage and oat milling yield, this subject may deserve further attention.