mil·​let | \ ˈmi-lət How to pronounce millet (audio) \

Definition of millet

1 : any of various small-seeded annual cereal and forage grasses:
a : a Eurasian grass (Panicum miliaceum) cultivated for its grain which is used for food
b : any of several grasses related to common millet
2 : the seed of a millet

Examples of millet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working with his son Kirill, 24, Tarasevich also grows peas, barley, corn, rapeseed and millet. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 10 May 2022 That includes things like brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, and quinoa, according to the Mayo Clinic. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 4 Apr. 2022 Facing a siege of its cities and a war that has seen Ukrainian tractors redeployed to haul off Russian tanks, Kyiv has halted exports of meat, rye, oats, buckwheat, sugar, millet and salt, and introduced some restrictions on wheat and corn. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Ukraine suspends exports of rye, oats, buckwheat, millet, sugar, salt, meat, and livestock amid Russia’s full-scale invasion. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 In Zimbabwe, the maize harvest has also increased to an above-average level of 2.7 million tons, nearly tripling the 2020 output level, as sorghum and millet production soars in the country. Conrad Onyango, Quartz, 10 Mar. 2022 Among the medicinal and food staples introduced by the African diaspora were sorghum, millet, African rice, yams, black-eyed peas, watermelon, eggplant, okra, sesame and kola nut, whose extract was a main ingredient in the original Coca-Cola recipe. Jessica Damiano, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2022 Each serving also contains the healthy, filling, and gluten-free grains amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and chia. Amy Schlinger,, 10 Jan. 2022 Small grains like bulgur, quinoa, and millet can be ready in 10 to 20 minutes. Lisa Zwirn,, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of millet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for millet

Middle English milet, from Middle French, from Old French, diminutive of mil, from Latin milium; akin to Greek melinē millet

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mil·​let | \ ˈmi-lət How to pronounce millet (audio) \

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: a grass with small whitish seeds that are used as food for people, livestock, and birds

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