See also: Rye

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English rie, reighe, from Old English ryġe, from Proto-West Germanic *rugi, from Proto-Germanic *rugiz, from Proto-Indo-European *Hrugʰís.

Germanic cognates include Dutch and West Frisian rogge, Low German Rogg, German Roggen, Old Norse rugr (Danish rug, Swedish råg); non-Germanic cognates include Russian рожь (rožʹ) and Latvian rudzi.

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rye (countable and uncountable, plural ryes)

  1. A grain used extensively in Europe for making bread, beer, and (now generally) for animal fodder. [from 8th c.]
  2. The grass Secale cereale from which the grain is obtained. [from 14th c.]
  3. Rye bread. [from 19th c.]
  4. (US, Canada) Rye whiskey. [from 19th c.]
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 159:
      I bought a pint of rye at the liquor counter and carried it over to the stools and set it down on the cracked marble counter.
    • 1971, Don McLean, "American Pie", American Pie(album) [1].
      Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey ’n rye/Singin’, "This’ll be the day that I die."
  5. (US, Canada) A drink of rye.
    • 1946, George Johnston, Skyscrapers in the Mist, page 17:
      It concerns the gnomelike quality of the average American at a party. I have been to many parties where staid American business men have been transformed by a few ryes or bourbons into unpredictable gremlins out for adventure.
  6. Caraway (from the mistaken assumption that the whole seeds, often used to season rye bread, are the rye itself)
  7. Ryegrass, any of the species of Lolium.
  8. A disease of hawks.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English ryge, from Proto-West Germanic *rugi.

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rye (plural ryes)

  1. rye (Secale cereale)

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  • English: rye
  • Scots: ry
  • Yola: ree

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rye f (definite singular rya, indefinite plural ryer, definite plural ryene)

  1. rya

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