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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

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Examples of sorghum in a Sentence

a once-popular children's book that today's tots would likely regard as tiresome sorghum
Recent Examples on the Web NIkita Singh While some chefs might simply fold sorghum into an ice cream mixture, Mabaso slowly develops flavor over a two-month fermentation process. Nikita Singh, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s township foods are being remade as gourmet dishes by a new generation of chefs," 15 Sep. 2019 Ingredients such as buckwheat, chestnuts, rice, sorghum and lentils take the place of the traditional malted barley, wheat, rye or even oats, which have a protein that can bother some celiac disease sufferers. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "A pioneer in gluten-free beers, Ground Breaker draws customers -- and awards: Portland Breweries Series," 4 Dec. 2019 Every year, the Graff 7A Ranch in Hondo, Texas, hosts the South Texas Maize, a giant labyrinth of sorghum and seasonally appropriate puns. Aj Willingham, CNN, "This giant Texas corn maze honors military families," 17 Sep. 2019 Another bonus: The gluten free pretzels are made with whole grains, like sorghum and brown rice flour. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Back to school: 9 lower-sugar snacks and treats for kids you can feel good about," 21 Aug. 2019 The research also confirmed that drilling deeper wells is common in parts of the High Plains, such as southwest Kansas, where farms produce crops including corn, sorghum and wheat. Ian James, azcentral, "In the West and across the U.S., drilling of deeper wells is ‘unsustainable,’ researchers say," 24 July 2019 Cotton is one of the crops that benefits most, along with corn, sorghum, and even Texas pecans. Natalie Brand, CBS News, ""They're everywhere!": Inside the world's largest bat colony at Bracken Cave Preserve in Texas," 31 Oct. 2019 While some vodka is made from potatoes, most vodkas are made from whatever grain the distiller prefers to use, with sorghum, rye, wheat and corn leading the pack. Jeffrey Miller, The Conversation, "3 questions about vodka, answered," 3 Oct. 2019 So far, it’s been deployed in corn, soybean, wheat, sorghum, vegetable crops, orchards, and vineyards. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Roles Robots Will Play in the Future of Farming," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sorghum

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sorghum

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

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The first known use of sorghum was in 1597

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8 Jan 2020

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“Sorghum.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sorghum

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


sor·​ghum | \ ˈsȯr-gəm How to pronounce sorghum (audio) \

Kids Definition of sorghum

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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