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

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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Synonyms for sorghum


corn, goo, mush, schmaltz (also schmalz), sludge, slush, soap opera

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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

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The facility’s silver storage towers long stood among Cargill’s farm-country outposts, where the company buys corn, wheat and sorghum from local farmers. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Firms That Bossed Agriculture for a Century Face New Threat: Farmers," 15 Aug. 2018 The administration's plan on the bailout announced last week would borrow money from the Treasury to pay producers of soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, and hogs. Kevin Freking, Fox News, "On trade policy, Trump is turning GOP orthodoxy on its head," 28 July 2018 China imposed a tariff of 179 percent on imports of U.S. sorghum in April after starting an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation in February. Ruth Olurounbi,, "Nigeria Conflict Stops Sorghum Farmers’ Bid to Benefit From Trump," 27 May 2018 China has responded to Mr. Trump’s threat of tariffs on as much as $150 billion worth of its goods by placing its own tariffs on American pork, and threatening taxes on soybeans, sorghum, corn and beef. Ana Swanson, New York Times, "Trump Proposes Rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership," 12 Apr. 2018 State and AgCenter scientists are evaluating whether rice, sorghum and sugarcane may be hosts for the scale. Tristan Baurick,, "Emergency quarantine declared for pest that's decimating Louisiana wetlands," 27 Mar. 2018 The Trump administration has taken steps to soothe the nerves of American farmers, promising $12 billion in emergency aid to support producers of commodities such as soybeans, wheat, sorghum and pork. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Kidney Beans Piled to the Rafters: Tariffs Are Biting in Farm Country," 2 Aug. 2018 Simmer on the stovetop 90 minutes, or until tender, then transfer to a roasting pan, score the surface, glaze with honey or sorghum syrup, and cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender as corned beef. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 On the sweet side of things, the waffles are a rift on bananas Foster, with edges that stay deliciously crispy up against the sorghum syrup and the meringue topper. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018

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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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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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