Definition of sorghum
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 (such as grain sorghum or sorgo) derived from a wild form (S. bicolor synonym S. vulgare)
2 : syrup from the juice of a sorgo that resembles cane syrup
3 : something cloyingly sentimental
Examples of sorghum in a Sentence
a once-popular children's book that today's tots would likely regard as tiresome sorghum
Recent Examples of sorghum from the Web
This Sanford restaurant’s Bite30 menu includes dishes such as baby octopus mopped in sorghum, a Plant City strawberry salad, maple leaf duck confit and its infamous chocolate gravy biscuit.
In addition to peanuts and cotton, there were potatoes, sugar cane, sorghum and tobacco.
The gluten free bread and pizza dough is made from a mix of brown rice, sorghum and garbanzo bean flours.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of sorghum for English Language Learners
: a kind of tropical grass that is grown for food; also : the grain that grows on this grass
SORGHUM Defined for Kids
Definition of sorghum for Students
1 : a tall grass that is grown for forage and grain
2 : a sweet syrup from the juice of sorghum stems
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