or dou·ra, dou·rah

[doo r-uh]


a type of grain sorghum with slender stalks, cultivated in Asia and Africa and introduced into the U.S.

Origin of durra

1790–1800; < Arabic dhura(h)
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Historical Examples of durra

  • Maloosray had brought a hundred of his brethren in that Durra, and he had promised them the plunder.


    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • "I—I can lead a Durra on the house," said Lukshmun hesitatingly.


    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • These are still cultivated, and maize and durra have been added.

  • Durra may be regarded as the principal corn plant of Africa.

  • The creek and valley of the Durra stream are very beautiful, and the church especially interesting.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

British Dictionary definitions for durra


doura or dourah (ˈdʊərə)


an Old World variety of sorghum, Sorghum vulgare durra, with erect hairy flower spikes and round seeds: cultivated for grain and fodderAlso called: Guinea corn, Indian millet

Word Origin for durra

C18: from Arabic dhurah grain
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