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millet

[mil-it] /ˈmɪl ɪt/
noun
1.
a cereal grass, Setaria italica, extensively cultivated in the East and in southern Europe for its small seed, or grain, used as food for humans and fowls, but in the U.S. grown chiefly for fodder.
2.
any of various related or similar grasses cultivated as grain plants or forage plants.
3.
the grain of any of these grasses.
Origin of millet
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English milet < Middle French, equivalent to mil (< Latin milium millet) + -et -et

Millet

[mi-ley; for 2 also French mee-le] /mɪˈleɪ; for 2 also French miˈlɛ/
noun
1.
Francis Davis, 1846–1912, U.S. painter, illustrator, and journalist.
2.
Jean François
[zhahn frahn-swa] /ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃ˈswa/ (Show IPA),
1814–75, French painter.
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  • There was among them a superb millet, which I should very much have liked to own.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "Your pardon, brother millet," he interrupted, and pointed towards Ralph's arms.

  • "Assuredly not," Justice millet burst out, pulling his robes about him.

  • He took his little dog with him, giving him a millet dumpling now and then.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
  • We began by sowing the cotton, then the fields of millet, maize, and beans.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • At morning and noon a little flour of millet and honey suffices for the meals.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
British Dictionary definitions for millet

millet

/ˈmɪlɪt/
noun
1.
a cereal grass, Setaria italica, cultivated for grain and animal fodder
2.
  1. an East Indian annual grass, Panicum miliaceum, cultivated for grain and forage, having pale round shiny seeds
  2. the seed of this plant
3.
any of various similar or related grasses, such as pearl millet and Indian millet
related
adjective miliary
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin milium; related to Greek melinē millet

Millet

/French milɛ/
noun
1.
Jean François (ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃swa). 1814–75, French painter of the Barbizon school, noted for his studies of peasants at work
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Word Origin and History for millet
n.

cereal grain, c.1400, from Middle French millet, diminutive of mil "millet," from Latin milium "millet" (see mallet). Cognate with Greek meline, Lithuanian malnus (plural) "millet."

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