sorghum

noun sor·ghum \ ˈsȯr-gəm \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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

  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

sorghum Synonyms

Synonyms
goo, mush, schmaltz (also schmalz), sludge, slush, soap opera, corn
Related Words
claptrap, drivel, rubbish, tripe

SORGHUM Defined for English Language Learners

sorghum

noun

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

sorghum

noun sor·ghum \ ˈsȯr-gəm \

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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