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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a soup/cereal/pudding bowl (=for eating soup, cereal etc from)
▪ These work well as pasta or cereal bowls.
breakfast cereal
▪ Many breakfast cereals are high in sugar.
the wheat/cereal/rice etc crop
▪ In January farmers prepare the ground for the potato crop.
▪ Rolled oats, bran, and other ready-to-feed cereals are stored in 44-gallon drums with lids.
▪ Rye is very tolerant of poor, acid soils, is extremely frost-hardy and ripens much earlier than other cereals.
▪ Unlike other cereals, rye is cross-fertilized and does not remain true to type.
▪ It is not widely grown in Britain, as it requires strong land and considerably higher temperatures than other cereals.
▪ She carried the cereal bowls and the knives and forks to the sink.
▪ I rinse the cereal bowl and leave it in the kitchen sink for tonight.
▪ Place freshly ground coffee in cereal bowls inside the refrigerator for several days.
▪ These promotional items are wonderful collectibles and range from stuffed animals and dolls to cereal bowls and kitchen utensils.
▪ To serve, measure a few tablespoons of mixture into a cereal bowl and add milk.
▪ Some one lays out the cereal bowls.
▪ Who knows, we might soon see the big screen's first cereal box adaptation.
▪ Oregon cereal box collector Thomas Szczesniak has traded for several of the Cornhusker boxes.
▪ Even readers whose knowledge of the written word comes from cereal boxes are familiar with metaphors using battlefields and quicksand.
▪ Collecting cereal boxes is becoming a rage.
▪ Through a word-of-mouth network and Internet chatting, cereal box collectors negotiate for new boxes.
▪ In the supermarkets of Colombo and Kandy, Puffa-Puffa-rice breakfast cereal is on sale for the equivalent of three dollars a packet.
▪ Some products that bear freshness dates are cheeses, breakfast cereals, bakery products, and mayonnaise.
▪ Bread, rolls, breakfast cereal, bananas and fried fruit are ideal.
▪ It was when I went on breakfast cereals that liquor got me.
▪ If more is needed, try a breakfast cereal that contains bran, or sprinkle bran over another cereal.
▪ Euell Gibbons once claimed on my living room television that some breakfast cereal tasted like hickory nuts.
▪ The week's snow has become crusty and it yields underfoot, with a crunch like breakfast cereal.
▪ Most over-the-counter breakfast cereals have 2 to 4 grams of fiber, and high-fiber cereals have up to 9 grams.
▪ Millet was still the primary cereal crop.
▪ An even later flight to assess late senescence of the cereal crops might be undertaken this year.
▪ In the cold, wet northern and western parts of the country it is by far the most reliable cereal crop.
▪ The biggest losers will be cotton, cattle and cereal crops.
▪ He looked at the cereal packets.
▪ Make your own kidney dialysis machine using an old cereal packet, some Sellotape and a used toilet roll.
▪ Some noticed that the cereal packets were wider or longer than soap packets.
▪ Grain-based cereal prices already have come under fire from Capitol Hill, with a report in mid-March by Reps.
▪ A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report concluded that retail cereal prices have risen 93 percent from 1983 to 1996&038;.
▪ The study suggests that world cereal production in 2060 will be between 1 and 7 percent lower than today's levels.
▪ Wine formed the most important cash crop, while cereal production generally took the form of subsistence farming.
▪ It is estimated that world cereal production, which totalled billion tonnes in 1990, will top 3.25 billion tonnes by 2060.
▪ Similarly, cereal production per acre of arable land is indicative of the comparative efficiency of agricultural practices.
▪ Suppose the level of cereal production remains the same over the years while the rate of population growth accelerates.
▪ Back at the house Philip made himself some tea and ate some cereal.
▪ Taking its place is a breakfast of whole-grain breads and high-fiber, ready-to-#eat cereals.
▪ I sit down in the armchair and eat my cereal.
▪ Weird Beard says, Eat your cereal with a fork.
▪ Most people would only eat bran with breakfast cereal.
▪ I woke one morning to find him eating cereal out of a saucepan.
▪ The island of Porto Santo grows cereals, vines, figs, market garden produce, melons and pumpkins.
▪ They will grow good cereal crops so long as soil structure is maintained by the return of sufficient organic matter.
▪ a bowl of cereal
▪ Eaten with milk or cream, they made an acceptable breakfast cereal.
▪ Half of Britain's cereal farms rank among the big 300,000.
▪ It seems as though every day a new kind of cereal appears on the grocery shelves.
▪ Looking at the table we can see how low the calcium level is in cereals.
▪ Lucky Charms Nestlé's kicking cereal.
▪ Millet was still the primary cereal crop.
▪ Some products that bear freshness dates are cheeses, breakfast cereals, bakery products, and mayonnaise.
▪ Soon afterwards, he moved from livestock to cereal.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cereal \Ce"re*al\, a. [L. Cerealis pert. to Ceres, and hence, to agriculture. See Ceres.] Of or pertaining to the grasses which are cultivated for their edible seeds (as wheat, maize, rice, etc.), or to their seeds or grain.


Cereal \Ce"re*al\ n. Any grass cultivated for its edible grain, or the grain itself; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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- (3) "to grow" (see crescent). The application to breakfast food cereal made from grain is American English, 1899.


n. 1 (context countable English) A type of grass (such as wheat, rice or oats) cultivated for its edible grains. 2 (context uncountable English) The grains of such a grass. 3 (context uncountable English) breakfast cereal. 4 (context countable English) A particular type of breakfast cereal.


adj. made of grain or relating to grain or the plants that produce it; "a cereal beverage"; "cereal grasses"

  1. n. grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet [syn: cereal grass]

  2. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses [syn: grain, food grain]

  3. a breakfast food prepared from grain


A cereal is any grass cultivated for the edible components of its grain (botanically, a type of fruit called a caryopsis), composed of the endosperm, germ, and bran. Cereal grains are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop; they are therefore staple crops. Some plants often referred to as cereals, like buckwheat and quinoa, are considered instead pseudocereals, since they are not grasses, however they are still considered grains.

In their natural form (as in whole grain), they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein. When refined by the removal of the bran and germ, the remaining endosperm is mostly carbohydrate. In some developing nations, grain in the form of rice, wheat, millet, or maize constitutes a majority of daily sustenance. In developed nations, cereal consumption is moderate and varied but still substantial.

The word cereal derives from Ceres, the name of the Roman goddess of harvest and agriculture.

Cereal (disambiguation)

Cereals are grasses cultivated for the edible components of their grain.

Cereal may also refer to:

  • Breakfast cereal
  • an adjective referring to the goddess Ceres
  • cereals and pseudocereals collectively
  • Caryopsis
  • Food grains
  • Cereal, Alberta

Usage examples of "cereal".

Over a bowl of cereal, Addle realized she could quite comfortably spend her life with Jack St.

The noted mineral-waters containing iron, sulphur, carbonic acid, supply nutritious or stimulating materials to the body as much as phosphate of lime and ammoniacal compounds do to the cereal plants.

Mama and Babushka brought the canned goods, the cereals and the grains, soap and salt and vodka into the rooms, stacking it all in the corners and in the hallway behind the sofa.

I remember developing a tremendous liking for this cereal mixture, and although we ate muesli every morning, I never grew tired of it.

When medium red clover is thus grown, it is commonly sown along with one of the small cereal grains, and is buried in the autumn or in the following spring.

The first year some small cereal grain is grown and clover is sown along with it or, at least, on the same land.

Elmo Wimpler really wanted to invent was a dry cereal that tasted like ham and eggs.

Indian corn, sorghum, clover, leguminous plants, crops of the brassica genus, the cereals, millet, field roots, etc.

Early focus groups showed he was so right, residents would start putting malathion on their cereal.

It has been somewhat impoverished by the growth of cereal crops, and it was thought that for this reason, and on account of its light texture and active character, which would cause the manures to act immediately, it was well adapted for the purpose of showing the effect of different manurial substances on the corn-crop.

Choose barley, bran, brown rice, bulgur, couscous, millet, oats, polenta, or quinoa as a cooked cereal or grain with your dinner.

Whole grains, including cooked cereals and breads made from barley, oats, buckwheat, rice, rye, quinoa, spelt, wheat, and corn.

Cursory inspection turns up ratty bunk, gas stove, half a black-and-white print of James Dean with head on steering wheel, several septic razor blades, and a box of cereal with both flakes and enclosed coupon devoured by red ants.

I keep it locked, the key sunk deep in a sealer jar filled with bran cereal.

After a quick breakfast of toast and cereal, she went upstairs for a shower, then spent the rest of the morning painting another seascape for Mr.