any plant of the grass family yielding an edible grain, as wheat, rye, oats, rice, or corn.
the grain itself.
some edible preparation of it, especially a breakfast food.
of or relating to grain or the plants producing it.
any grass that produces an edible grain, such as oat, rye, wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, and millet
the grain produced by such a plant
any food made from this grain, esp breakfast food
(modifier) of or relating to any of these plants or their products: cereal farming
1832, “grass yielding edible grain,” originally an adjective (1818) “having to do with edible grain,” from French céréale (16c., “of Ceres;” 18c. in grain sense), from Latin Cerealis “of grain,” originally “of Ceres,” from Ceres, Italic goddess of agriculture, from PIE *ker-es-, from root *ker- “to grow” (see crescent). The application to breakfast food cereal made from grain is American English, 1899.
A grass, such as corn, rice, sorghum, or wheat, whose starchy grains are used as food. Cereals are annual plants, and cereal crops must be reseeded for each growing season. Cereal grasses were domesticated during the Neolithic Period and formed the basis of early agriculture.
- Cereal bar
noun a snack made of breakfast cereal and other sticky ingredients into a chewy bar; also called breakfast bar Examples You can learn how make healthy, organic granola cereal bars. Word Origin 1945
- Cereal grain
noun any plant from the grass family that yields an edible grain, such as barley, corn, oats, rice, rye, wheat Word Origin from Ceres, goddess of agriculture Historical Examples
an Old World leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus, introduced into North America in 1962: a serious pest of small grains, especially oats and cereal grasses.
a large portion of the brain, serving to coordinate voluntary movements, posture, and balance in humans, being in back of and below the cerebrum and consisting of two lateral lobes and a central lobe. noun (pl) -lums, -la (-lə) one of the major divisions of the vertebrate brain, situated in man above the medulla oblongata […]