sor·ghum | \ ˈsȯr-gəm \

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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a once-popular children's book that today's tots would likely regard as tiresome sorghum

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Products affected include soy, corn, wheat, rice, sorghum, beef, pork, poultry, fish, dairy products, nuts and vegetables. Fortune, "Next Move Is Trump's After China Hits Back in Trade-War Opener," 16 June 2018 And the government is ending an anti-dumping and anti-subside probe into U.S. sorghum imports. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: U.S. businesses worry Trump may strike bad deal with China," 18 May 2018 This year, Sankofa will grow two more bean varieties for Truelove — crowder peas and purple hull peas, similar to black-eyed peas — as well as sorghum. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "Truelove prizes seeds and stories from around the world," 2 July 2018 Above, a cargo of sorghum on a traditional Arab dhow boat. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Middle East Power Struggle Plays Out on New Stage," 1 June 2018 In March, the state declared an emergency quarantine in the hopes of preventing the insect's spread to sorghum, sugar cane and other crops that share characteristics with roseau. Tristan Baurick,, "Fight against Louisiana's wetland plague getting $1 million boost," 16 May 2018 Analysts say the deposit is so high that some U.S. producers might cancel their exports to China, which uses sorghum for animal feed and to make booze. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "Facebook Privacy, China Sorghum, Trump and TPP: CEO Daily for April 18, 2018," 18 Apr. 2018 China imported $956 million of sorghum from the United States last year, according to the Commerce Ministry. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Amid trade talks, China drops anti-dumping probe into U.S. sorghum imports," 18 May 2018 This week China imposed a deposit of 179% on imports of sorghum from America. The Economist, "Business this week," 19 Apr. 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


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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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