- 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.
- any of various related or similar grasses cultivated as grain plants or forage plants.
- the grain of any of these grasses.
Origin of millet
- Francis Davis,1846–1912, U.S. painter, illustrator, and journalist.
- Jean Fran·çois [zhahn frahn-swa] /ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1814–75, French painter.
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Contemporary Examples of millet
Look for:Purchase breads containing seeds and a mixture of healthy grains (like millet and amaranth) other than just brown rice.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
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Historical Examples of millet
There was among them a superb Millet, which I should very much have liked to own.My Double Life
"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
- a cereal grass, Setaria italica, cultivated for grain and animal fodder
- an East Indian annual grass, Panicum miliaceum, cultivated for grain and forage, having pale round shiny seeds
- the seed of this plant
- any of various similar or related grasses, such as pearl millet and Indian millet
Word Origin for millet
- Jean François (ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃swa). 1814–75, French painter of the Barbizon school, noted for his studies of peasants at work
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."