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  Dictionary Definition of rye

rye [1]
noun
1. a widely cultivated cereal grass, Secale cereale, with one-nerved glumes (differing from wheat which is many-nerved) and two- or three-flowered spikelets.
2. the seeds or grain of this plant, used for making wholemeal flour, for livestock feed, and for a type of whisky.
3. an American whisky distilled from a mash containing 51 per cent or more rye grain.
[ME; OE ryge, c. Icel. rugr, akin to D rogge, G Roggen ]