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sorghum

Syllabification: sor·ghum
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrɡəm
 
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Definition of sorghum in English:

noun

1A widely cultivated cereal native to warm regions of the Old World. It is a major source of grain and of feed for livestock.
  • Genus Sorghum, family Gramineae: many species, in particular S. bicolor and its cultivars
Example sentences
  • They also eat grains such as Chinese sorghum, corn, millet, oats, and buckwheat.
  • The major agricultural products are wheat, rice, barley, corn, sorghum, sugarcane, potatoes, and fruits.
  • Brewing materials such as maize, sorghum and finger millet were in abundance in the area but were now being ferried to a neighbouring country.
1.1A syrupy sweetener made from a type of sorghum.
Example sentences
  • He farmed, cobbled shoes, bottled water and managed a sorghum mill.

Origin

late 16th century: modern Latin, from Italian sorgo, perhaps based on a variant of Latin syricum 'Syrian'.

Words that rhyme with sorghum

Brigham • lingamogham

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