a cereal grass, Setaria italica, extensively cultivated in the East and in southern Europe for its small seed, or grain, used as food for humans and fowls, but in the U.S. grown chiefly for fodder.
any of various related or similar grasses cultivated as grain plants or forage plants.
the grain of any of these grasses.

1375–1425; late Middle English milet < Middle French, equivalent to mil (< Latin milium millet) + -et -et Unabridged


[mi-ley; for 2 also French mee-le]
Francis Davis, 1846–1912, U.S. painter, illustrator, and journalist.
Jean François [zhahn frahn-swa] , 1814–75, French painter. Unabridged
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millet (ˈmɪlɪt)
1.  a cereal grass, Setaria italica, cultivated for grain and animal fodder
2.  a.  an East Indian annual grass, Panicum miliaceum, cultivated for grain and forage, having pale round shiny seeds
 b.  the seed of this plant
3.  any of various similar or related grasses, such as pearl millet and Indian millet
Related: miliary
[C14: via Old French from Latin milium; related to Greek melinē millet]

Millet (French milɛ)
Jean François (ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃swa). 1814--75, French painter of the Barbizon school, noted for his studies of peasants at work

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cereal grain, c.1400, from M.Fr. millet, dim. of mil "millet," from L. milium "millet," cognate with Gk. meline, Lith. malnus (pl.) "millet."
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Millet definition

(Heb. dohan; only in Ezek. 4:9), a small grain, the produce of the Panicum miliaceum of botanists. It is universally cultivated in the East as one of the smaller corn-grasses. This seed is the cenchros of the Greeks. It is called in India warree, and by the Arabs dukhan, and is extensively used for food, being often mixed with other grain. In this country it is only used for feeding birds.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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