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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Recent Examples on the Web Senter is one of two direct appointees of the governor to represent growers of corn, cotton, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, turf or wheat. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 9 Mar. 2022 Best Used For: Bread, muffins, pizza dough, and cookies. Gluten-Free Flour Gluten-free flour can be made from all sorts of ingredient bases, such as rice, corn, potato, tapioca, buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, or nuts. Carmen Collins, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2022 By the end of the 2021-2022 growing season, the US is forecasted to have an excess of 18 million metric tons of wheat, 37 million tons of corn, and 2.6 million tons of barley, oats, sorghum and rye combined, according to the USDA. Dana Peterson For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 Corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean and wheat farmers were paid more than $21.7 billion in 2018 and 2019. David Pitt, ajc, 21 Dec. 2021 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 Yields of olives, sorghum, coffee, tea and livestock production are expected to decline. Wanjohi Kabukuru, ajc, 2 Mar. 2022 But by the year 2100, my grandchildren might anticipate 2,700 growing degree days each year above a 50 F threshold – more than enough to harvest sorghum, soybeans, cucumbers, sweet corn and tomatoes. Nancy Fresco, The Conversation, 3 Feb. 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 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Sorghum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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