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sorghum

[sawr-guh m] /ˈsɔr gəm/
noun
1.
a cereal grass, Sorghum bicolor (or S. vulgare), having broad, cornlike leaves and a tall, pithy stem bearing the grain in a dense terminal cluster.
2.
the syrup made from sorgo.
Origin of sorghum
1590-1600
1590-1600; < New Latin < Italian sorgo (see sorgo)
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  • “Hit's the fourth time since sorghum time,” the boy went on relentlessly.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox
  • That was where he raised most of his corn and shoats, and lots of sorghum cane.

  • The family had been living on corncakes and sorghum molasses for three days.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Between the rows of fruit trees are vegetables or corn or sorghum.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • "I think we will locate them in the sorghum patch," said the Major.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for sorghum

sorghum

/ˈsɔːɡəm/
noun
1.
any grass of the Old World genus Sorghum, having solid stems, large flower heads, and glossy seeds: cultivated for grain, hay, and as a source of syrup See also durra
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Italian sorgo, probably from Vulgar Latin Syricum grānum (unattested) Syrian grain
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Word Origin and History for sorghum
n.

"Indian millet," 1590s, from Modern Latin Sorghum, the genus name, from Italian sorgo "a tall cereal grass," probably from Medieval Latin surgum, suricum (12c.), perhaps a variant of Latin syricum "Syrian," as in Syricum (gramen) "(grass) of Syria," from Syria, a possible source of the plant or its grain in ancient times.

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