General English

  • noun a type of dark brown cereal, used to make bread and American whiskey
  • noun rye whiskey or American whiskey; a glass of this whiskey


  • noun a hardy cereal crop grown in temperate areas.


  • A cereal grain, Secale cereale, which grows mainly in Baltic areas. Used for dense breads and crispbreads. A fungus, Claviceps purpurea, which grows on the seed heads, especially during wet harvesting weather, is responsible for a sickness ‘St Anthony’s fire’, characterized by hallucinations and mental derangement. An extract of the fungus is used to induce labour and as an illegal abortifacient.