• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cereal made of grain or relating to grain or the plants that produce it "a cereal beverage","cereal grasses"
    • n cereal a breakfast food prepared from grain
    • n cereal foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
    • n cereal grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sugar Bear (the mascot for Golden Crisps cereal) was born in 1963
    • n Cereal Any grass cultivated for its edible grain, or the grain itself; -- usually in the plural.
    • a Cereal Of or pertaining to the grasses which are cultivated for their edible seeds (as wheat, maize, rice, etc.), or to their seeds or grain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each honeycomb in Honeycomb cereal has seven holes
    • cereal Pertaining or relating to edible grain; producing farinaceous seeds suitable for food.
    • n cereal A gramineous plant cultivated for the use of its farinaceous seeds as food; any one of the annual grain-plants, as wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice, millet, or maize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a baby in the United States will eat fifteen pounds of cereal in their first year of life
    • adj Cereal relating to corn or edible grain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Cerealis, pert. to Ceres, and hence, to agriculture. See Ceres
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prob. from root of creāre, to create.


In literature:

The two main coffee substitutes are chicory and cereals.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Its cereals were beyond the demands of local consumption.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
Rick warmed the Sky Wagon, then went in for a dish of cereal before taking off.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Our cereal and many other plants offer similar cases.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Know how flour, sugar, rice, cereals and vegetables are sold; whether by packages, pound, or bulk, quarts, etc.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Maize, more than oatmeal, is the cereal used for porridge.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
In these ways L40,000,000 worth of cereals were got together for consumption.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The State of Puebla is remarkable for producing a fine quality of wheat, and also for its heavy yield of other cereals.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
Because he's just eating his cereal!
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
Then he moves from the hotel to Cereal Crossin', N. J.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer

In news:

Are You A Cereal Expert.
"The project started out purely aesthetic, I have no ill will against cereals or the companies that make them," Button says.
Bridgewater therapeutic students organized the 2nd Annual Cereal Drive for Bridgewater Middle School students.
Puffed rice cereals generally are made one of two ways — pressure-expelling or toasting.
YoCrunch introduces yogurt with cereal .
A Man Finds A Mummified Bat In His Cereal .
Health department officials believe the bat may have flown into the cereal 's plastic packaging by mistake and suffocated to death.
Man Finds Mummified Bat In His Morning Bowl Of Cereal .
Puffed rice cereals generally are made one of two ways -- pressure-expelling or toasting.
A German man's breakfast was ruined when he discovered a dead bat in his bowl of cereal .
Cereal , youth will be served on track.
The prize you DON'T want to find in your cereal box- not even Count Chocula.
(STUTTGART, GERMANY) You may want to inspect your bowl of cereal this morning before dipping a spoon into it.
Kellog's recalls Mini Wheats cereal .
If you have Mini Wheats cereal in your cupboard, check the box.

In science:

She starts to drink milk and eat some fruit and cereal, when her Memex vibrates with a reminder message saying that the last time she ate fruit on the day of a training session, her stomach felt sick and she couldn’t run beyond 1.5 miles.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Each time she buys a cereal and gets a coupon she gives it to the next-in-turn son in a round-robin fashion (i.e. kid i mod k gets the coupon from step i).
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
Some of them are simple, such as picking a single box of cereal with the lowest price/taste ratio from the shelf in the supermarket, some of them harder, like deciding which lenses to pack into my camera bag for the next trip.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Avalanches, rapid granular flows of sand, powders or cereals may be mentioned as pertinent examples [1, 2].
Negative normal restitution coefficient for nanocluster collisions
Yi is the number of cereal packets you must buy in order to acquire a new type of coupon, when you already have i − 1 types in your collection.
Applying coupon-collecting theory to computer-aided assessments