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[sawr-guh m] /ˈsɔr gəm/
a cereal grass, Sorghum bicolor (or S. vulgare), having broad, cornlike leaves and a tall, pithy stem bearing the grain in a dense terminal cluster.
the syrup made from sorgo.
Origin of sorghum
1590-1600; < New Latin < Italian sorgo (see sorgo) Unabridged
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  • They were crafted of sorghum stalks, light brown with dark flecks.
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  • sorghum is an ancient, drought resistant cereal grain grown around the world.
  • sorghum ergot mainly threatens hybrid sorghum seed crops.
British Dictionary definitions for sorghum


any grass of the Old World genus Sorghum, having solid stems, large flower heads, and glossy seeds: cultivated for grain, hay, and as a source of syrup See also durra
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Italian sorgo, probably from Vulgar Latin Syricum grānum (unattested) Syrian grain
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Word Origin and History for sorghum

"Indian millet," 1590s, from Modern Latin Sorghum, the genus name, from Italian sorgo "a tall cereal grass," probably from Medieval Latin surgum, suricum (12c.), perhaps a variant of Latin syricum "Syrian," as in Syricum (gramen) "(grass) of Syria," from Syria, a possible source of the plant or its grain in ancient times.

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