broomcorn

noun
broom·​corn | \ ˈbrüm-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce broomcorn (audio) , ˈbru̇m- \

Definition of broomcorn

: any of several tall cultivated sorghums having stiff-branched panicles used in brooms and brushes

Examples of broomcorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By 1850, sorghum brooms had earned the grain a new name: broomcorn. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "This Sucks: The Messy History of the Vacuum Cleaner," 23 May 2016 By 1850, sorghum brooms had earned the grain a new name: broomcorn. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "This Sucks: The Messy History of the Vacuum Cleaner," 23 May 2016 See the asymmetrical flush of broomcorn, rattan, and shuro bound in the Edo style by Japanese designer Masanori Oji, which features a handsome curved wooden handle for easy hanging on any prominent hook. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Most Beautiful Brooms for Your Inner Witch," 9 Oct. 2017 In addition, Botanical Interests carries broomcorn, a type of sorghum for which Broomfield is named. Cindy Sutter, The Denver Post, "Seed-selection advice for amateur chefs, first-time planters and garden pros," 3 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'broomcorn.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of broomcorn

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about broomcorn

Time Traveler for broomcorn

Time Traveler

The first known use of broomcorn was circa 1782

See more words from the same year

Statistics for broomcorn

Cite this Entry

“Broomcorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broomcorn. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on broomcorn

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about broomcorn

Comments on broomcorn

What made you want to look up broomcorn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!