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sorghum

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noun sor·ghum \ˈsȯr-gəm\

Simple Definition of sorghum

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sorghum

  1. 1 :  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)

  2. 2 :  syrup from the juice of a sorgo that resembles cane syrup

  3. 3 :  something cloyingly sentimental

Examples of sorghum in a sentence

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



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Origin and Etymology of sorghum

New Latin, from Italian sorgo, from Vulgar Latin *Syricum (granum), literally, Syrian grain


First Known Use: 1597


SORGHUM Defined for Kids

sorghum

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noun sor·ghum \ˈsȯr-gəm\

Definition of sorghum for Students

  1. 1 :  a tall grass that is grown for forage and grain

  2. 2 :  a sweet syrup from the juice of sorghum stems





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