noun sor·ghum \ˈsr-gəm\

: a kind of tropical grass that is grown for food; also : the grain that grows on this grass

Full Definition of SORGHUM

:  any of an economically important genus (Sorghum) of Old World tropical grasses similar to corn in habit but with the spikelets in pairs on a hairy rachis; especially :  any of various cultivars (as grain sorghum or sorgo) derived from a wild form (S. bicolor syn. S. vulgare)
:  syrup from the juice of a sorgo that resembles cane syrup
:  something cloyingly sentimental

Examples of SORGHUM

  1. <a once-popular children's book that today's tots would likely regard as tiresome sorghum>

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Origin of SORGHUM

New Latin, from Italian sorgo, from Vulgar Latin *Syricum (granum), literally, Syrian grain
First Known Use: 1597

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SORGHUM Defined for Kids


noun sor·ghum \ˈsr-gəm\

Definition of SORGHUM for Kids

:  a tall grass that is grown for forage and grain
:  a sweet syrup from the juice of sorghum stems
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