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Rye (Secale cereale) is a grass grown extensively as a grain and forage crop. Rye is characterized by long-bearded spikes, or ears, and a tall and slender stem. There are two prominent varieties known as winter and spring rye. The grain or kernel of rye is smaller in size than that of wheat.


Flint, Charles L. Grasses and Forage Plants (Boston, MA: William F. Gill & Company, 1874)


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