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Sorghum

Sor′ghum

,
Noun.
[NL., probably of Chinese origin.]
(Bot.)
(a)
A genus of grasses, properly limited to two species,
Sorghum Halepense
, the Arabian millet, or Johnson grass (see
Johnson grass
), and
Sorghum vulgare
, the Indian millet (see
Indian millet
, under
Indian
).
(b)
A variety of
Sorghum vulgare
, grown for its saccharine juice; the Chinese sugar cane.

Definition 2022


Sorghum

Sorghum

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German

Noun

Sorghum n (genitive Sorghums, plural Sorghume)

  1. (botany) sorghum (a kind of plant by genus)

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This term is to its hypernym, Süßgras/Süssgras.

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Noun

sorghum (countable and uncountable, plural sorghums)

  1. A cereal, Sorghum bicolor (syn. Sorghum vulgare) the grains of which are used to make flour and as cattle feed.
    • 1936, Harry Nelson Vinall, Joseph Charlworth Stephens, John Holmes Martin, Identification, History, and Distribution of Common Sorghum Varieties, US Department of Agriculture, Technical Bulletin No. 506, page 2,
      The sorghum crop has four uses — forage, grain, sirup, and industrial (such as the manufacture of brooms, wallboard, etc.).
    • 1978, US Department of Agriculture, Watch out for witchweed, a serious pest of corn, sorghum, and other crops, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Program Number 1212, unnumbered page,
      Witchweed (Striga spp.) is a parasitic plant that attacks corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, and more than 60 different species of the grass family.
    • 2008, Lamissa Diakité, Amadou Sidibé, Melinda Smale, Mikkel Grum, Seed Value Chains for Sorghum and Millet in Mali: A State-based System in Transition, International Food Policy Research Institute, Discussion Paper 00749, page 2,
      Archaeological evidence suggests that economies based on cattle, goats, sorghum, and pearl millet were established in this region between 5,000 and 3,000 years ago (Smith 1998).

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