sorghum

[ sawr-guh m ]
/ ˈsɔr gəm /

noun

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. sorel,
  2. sorel, georges,
  3. sorely,
  4. sorensen,
  5. sorgho,
  6. sorghum beer,
  7. sorgo,
  8. sori,
  9. soricine,
  10. sorites

Origin of sorghum

1590–1600; < New Latin < Italian sorgo (see sorgo)

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British Dictionary definitions for sorghum

sorghum

/ (ˈsɔːɡəm) /

noun

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

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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