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
In the next phase of funding, Donohue said that UW and Michigan State researchers will work on energy and chemical production from sources such as poplar trees, switchgrass and sorghum for an array of uses.
Order The Standard, which is a biscuit with housemade jelly (Saturday’s selection was blueberry), sorghum syrup or honey.
Chick-fil-A said Monday that the bun is made with a mix of ancient grains like millet, quinoa, sorghum, amaranth and teff.
The shriek of low-flying UN World Food Programme planes raining sacks of sorghum and bottles of gasoline is a welcome noise in Nyal.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly dust them with sorghum flour.
Osinbajo said in a statement before the attack that 40,000 metric tons of food including rice, corn, sorghum and soya beans will be distributed to people who’ve fled their homes.
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.
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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: 1597See Words from the same year
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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