Wild-oats definition

A woodland plant (Uvularia sessilifolia) of the lily family, with small, drooping, yellowish flowers, native to E North America.
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Any of several wild grasses (genus Avena); esp., the wild progenitor (A. fatua) of the cultivated oat, having strong, twisted awns and commonly occurring as a weed, esp. in the W U.S.
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sow one's wild oats
  • to be promiscuous or dissolute in one's youth before settling down
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