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broomcorn

[broom-kawrn, broo m-] /ˈbrumˌkɔrn, ˈbrʊm-/
noun
1.
any of several varieties of sorghum having a long, stiff-branched panicle used in the manufacture of brooms.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; broom + corn1
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British Dictionary definitions for broom-corn

broomcorn

/ˈbruːmˌkɔːn; ˈbrʊm-/
noun
1.
a variety of sorghum, Sorghum vulgare technicum, the long stiff flower stalks of which have been used for making brooms
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Encyclopedia Article for broom-corn

broomcorn

a variety of upright grass of the species Sorghum vulgare, or S. bicolor variety technicum, belonging to the family Gramineae (sometimes Poaceae) and cultivated for their stiff stems. The seeds of broomcorn are borne on the ends of long straight branches. When harvested and dried, these stiff bristles are processed and bound to form broom heads and brushes. S. vulgare is grown in the Great Plains of North America. Broomcorn is also the common name of Panicum miliaceum, a type of millet (q.v.).

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