Secale cereale


Secale cereale
Rye Rye (r[imac]), n. [OE. rie, reie, AS. ryge; akin to Icel. rugr, Sw. r[*a]g, Dan. rug, D. rogge, OHG. rocco, roggo, G. rocken, roggen, Lith. rugei, Russ. roje, and perh. to Gr. 'o`ryza rice. Cf. {Rice}.] 1. (Bot.) A grain yielded by a hardy cereal grass ({Secale cereale}), closely allied to wheat; also, the plant itself. Rye constitutes a large portion of the breadstuff used by man. [1913 Webster]

2. A disease in a hawk. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster]

{Rye grass}, {Italian rye grass}, (Bot.) See under {Grass}. See also {Ray grass}, and {Darnel}.

{Wild rye} (Bot.), any plant of the genus {Elymus}, tall grasses with much the appearance of rye. [1913 Webster]


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