[sawr-guh m]


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.
the syrup made from sorgo.

Origin of sorghum

1590–1600; < New Latin < Italian sorgo (see sorgo) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sorghum

molasses, treacle, glucose, sorghum

Examples from the Web for sorghum

Contemporary Examples of sorghum

Historical Examples of sorghum

  • “Hit's the fourth time since sorghum time,” the boy went on relentlessly.

  • 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



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 syrupSee also durra

Word Origin for sorghum

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

"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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