• Rye
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rye whiskey distilled from rye or rye and malt
    • n rye hardy annual cereal grass widely cultivated in northern Europe where its grain is the chief ingredient of black bread and in North America for forage and soil improvement
    • n rye the seed of the cereal grass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whiskey was first brewed in the United States in 1640. It was made from a mixture of corn and rye.
    • Rye A disease in a hawk.
    • Rye (Bot) A grain yielded by a hardy cereal grass (Secale cereale), closely allied to wheat; also, the plant itself. Rye constitutes a large portion of the breadstuff used by man.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rye The cereal plant Sccale cerealc, or its seeds. Its nativity appears to have been in the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian. Its culture has been chiefly in the north. and, though ancient, is not of the highest antiquity. It bears more cold than any other grain, thrives on light and otherwise barren soils, and can be grown continuously on the same spot. It is most extensively produced in central and northern Europe, where it forms the almost exclusive breadstuff of large populations, furnishing the black bread of Germany and Russia, and the rye-cakes which in Sweden are baked twice in a year and preserved by drying. Rye is less nutritious than wheat, though in that respect standing next to it. The black bread has a sour taste, owing to the speedy acetous fermentation of the sugar contained in it. A sweet bread is also made from rye. The roasted grains have long been used as a substitute for coffee. Rye enters in Russia into the national drink, kvass, in Holland into gin, and in the United States it is the source of much whisky. When affected with ergot (see ergot, 2, and spurred rye below) rye becomes poisonous. The young plant affords a useful. green fodder; the straw is valued for thatching, for filling mattresses, for the packing of horse-collars, etc. Rye is often planted with grass-seed in the United States as a protection during the first season, and similarly with pine-seeds in the Alpine region. It has spring and fall varieties, one of the latter being known as Wallachian; in general it has less varieties than other much-cultivated plants. The rie of Exodus ix. 32 and Isaiah xxviii. 25 is probably spelt.
    • n rye In heraldry, a bearing representing a stalk of grain with the ear bending downward, thus distinguished from wheat, in which the ear is erect.
    • n rye Whisky made from rye. [Colloq., U. S.]
    • n rye A disease in hawks which causes the head to swell.
    • n rye A gentleman; a superior person: as, a Rommany rye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rye a genus of grasses allied to wheat and barley, one species of which is cultivated as a grain:
    • n Rye (her.) a bearing representing a stalk of grain with the ear bending down
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rie, reie, AS. ryge,; akin to Icel. rugr, Sw. råg, Dan. rug, D. rogge, OHG. rocco, roggo, G. rocken, roggen, Lith. rugei, Russ. roje, and perh. to Gr. 'o`ryza rice. Cf. Rice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ryge; Ice. rúgr, Ger. rocken, roggen.


In literature:

A shallow, worn-out soil should not be used for corn, but for cowpeas or rye.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Rye growing in surface soil, subsoil, and sand .
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
The indian corn is cheaper, and the seed is better than if all rye.
"The Practical Distiller" by Samuel McHarry
He's General Rye's keeper.
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
A small quantity of rye flour mixed with chopped coarse straw, was the basis of a fourth example.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Rye grew better, so bread made of "rye-an'-injun," which was half rye-meal, half corn-meal, was used instead.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
It resists drought, and is less exhausting to the soil than either rye grass or Timothy.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
It makes a less heavy growth than rye, but can be used at a time of the year that rye would fail.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
That rye bread was splendid, wasn't it!
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
After the field had lain fallow three or four years, it is sown with one part rye and two parts barley, mixed together.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various

In poetry:

"I've come, DE PECKHAM RYE,
To do a Christian task;
You ask me what would I?
It is not much I ask.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Primrose and violet,
Your breeze-lit fields of rye…
Your golden sheaves forget—
Forget, or die.
"The Railroad" by Elizabeth Daryush
"I ride by tree, I ride by rill,
I ride by rye and clover,
For by the kirk beyond the hill
Awaits a better lover."
"The Ride" by Madison Julius Cawein
Her true love shot a mighty hart
Among the standing rye,
When on him leapt that keeper old
From the fern where he did lie.
"A New Forest Ballad" by Charles Kingsley
With more than all her old-time pride
She walks the rye-field at his side,
Careless of cot or hall,
Since love transfigures all.
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Why do you stand in the dripping rye,
Cold-lipped, unconscious, wet to the knee,
When there are firesides near?' said I.
'I told him I wished him dead,' said she.
"The Woman In The Rye" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Rye enthusiasts are once again asked to take the bad with the good as Heaven Hill releases the next installment of its super-aged Rittenhouse Very Rare Single-Barrel Straight Rye Whisky in October.
2 ounces rye whiskey (preferably Sazerac ).
Sazerac Rye Whiskey ¼ oz.
This one, like "The Fat Guy From Rye" almost killed me.
Shmaltz Brewing Company's Funky Jewbelation, the newest addition to its Limited Engagement Barrel-Aged series, mashes together six beers aged for varying times in rye and bourbon barrels and is now available in stores.
The ordinance passed despite opposition from the community, and it also requires pedestrians to walk single file on Rye roads.
Rye Resident Sara Leand's Cookie Business.
Move over, Mrs Fields—with a smidgen of capital and dash of luck, a Rye resident is poised to become the country's next cookie mogul.
Greg Johnson, whose Swedish cabin was featured in "Rebuilding a Pioneer Cabin" in the December 2012 issue of Cabin Life, has a special place in his heart for this traditional Swedish rye bread.
Thunderous offense caps Rye's drive to 2A baseball title.
Rye players celebrate winning the 2A baseball championship.
Fred Troller , a design director who helped popularize a minimalist typographic style called Swiss New Typography in the United States in the 1960's, died on Oct 11 at his home in Rye, N.Y.
Rye , and round there.
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In science:

Instead, it seems that other earlier Farmers went on to domesticate six key species still in use (emmer and einkorn wheat, barley, lentils, chick peas, and flax), plus some others tried and abandoned more or less permanently (chenopod. marsh elder) or temporarily (oats, rye, squash, sunflower; Weiss et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006