sorghum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sorghum made from juice of sweet sorghum
    • n Sorghum annual or perennial tropical and subtropical cereal grasses: sorghum
    • n sorghum economically important Old World tropical cereal grass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sorghum (Bot) A genus of grasses, properly limited to two species, Sorghum Halepense, the Arabian millet, or Johnson grass (see Johnson grass), and S. vulgare, the Indian millet (see Indian millet, under Indian).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sorghum A plant of the former genus Sorghum, commonly the cultivated saccharine plant once known as Sorghum (or Holcus) saccharatum, lately considered a variety of S. vulgare, but now classified as Andropogon Sorghum, var. saccharatus. It is a cane-like grass, with the stature and habit of broom-corn, or of the taller varieties of Indian corn, but more slender than the latter, without ears, and of a glaucous hue. Sorghum is cultivated throughout Africa, in forms called imphee, chiefly for the sweet juice of the cane. In the United States it has been employed for many years to make syrup, for which purpose it is more or less grown in every State. It has also been the subject of much experiment in sugar-making, and according to Wiley is now practically available for this purpose. The name is also applied to the var. Halepense, and possibly to others of the same species. See def. 2. Also called Chinese sugarcane.
    • n sorghum A former genus of grasses, of the tribe Andropogoneæ, now included as a subgenus in Andropogon (Edouard Hackel, 1889). Like the rest of the genus, it has one-flowered spikelets disposed in pairs at the joints of a rachis, one of each pair pedicelled, one sessile. The sessile spikelet is in all the pairs alike; the flower is fertile, and in the pedicelled spikelets male, neutral, or abortive. The rachis is fragile, or in culture tenacious; its joints and the pedicels are filiform, and convex on the back or flat without furrow. The sessile spikelet and grain are somewhat compressed on the back, or in cultivation sometimes nearly globose. The species are most often tall and flatleaved grasses, diffused through the tropics and here and there in the temperate zone—one, A.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sorghum sor′gum a genus of grasses, also called Durra millet and Indian millet, or Sorgho grass. It is closely allied to sugar-cane and beard-grass.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., probably of Chinese origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. sorgo—Low L. sorgum, surgum, suricum, prob. an East Ind. word.

Usage

In literature:

I had to sell my wagon for sorghum seed and bread; Old Jim and old Baldy have long since been dead.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
The sorghum industry in its various bearings was discussed.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
He bent over the sorghum, silently skimming.
"The Riddle Of The Rocks" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Sorghum-sugar is obtained from a cane known as Chinese grass, or Chinese millet.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
At sorghum-making time mother and daughter worked as busily as father and son.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Sorghum, in the absence of the better molasses of peace times, was greatly prized and eagerly sought after.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
And later the fact was developed that his canteen was full of sorghum molasses.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Between the rows of fruit trees are vegetables or corn or sorghum.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Sorghum Cane Mill, late 19th century.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Mark how: The woman in the sorghum patch saw it happen.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
The corn's laid by; the sorghum cane's done hoed.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
I am glad she sent the sorghum, so I could have an excuse for sending the eggs.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Rich supplies of bacon and corn, of sorghum and honey, are found along our path.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
I stays with Marse Ed, but he give me a patch of twenty acres and a sorghum mill to make a livin' on.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Our good friend Dr. Powell brought us a gallon of sorghum molasses to-day.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
After all trees were out I gave each one a slight mulch of sorghum refuse.
"The Apple" by Various
At Christmas, Kelly Jones brought in a barrel of sorghum, "to sweeten 'em," he guffawed.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
Pea, bean, tomato, rye, 75 100 0 Filter sorghum, rice.
"Significant Achievements in Space Bioscience 1958-1964" by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Our food was still the half-cooked corn and cobs together, with quantities of a poor and sickly sorghum molasses.
"With Fire and Sword" by Samuel H. M. Byers
Beyond the mesh enclosed pens, a field had been planted in cover strips of sorghum grass.
"Dan Carter Cub Scout" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In news:

Cane cut Wednesday for Saturday's Sorghum Day.
Sorghum Checkoff announces Leadership Sorghum participants.
Dec 4, 2012 From the National Sorghum Producers.
Forage sorghum uses less water.
Milo sorghum grows in a field on the farm of Gary Johnson in Waukomis, Okla.
Top your unique pie with homemade whipped cream infused with sorghum , or another sweet syrup.
3 cheers for sorghum .
Local Farmer Preserves Sorghum History.
Sorghum -glazed pork belly, served at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta.
The centerpiece of Wewoka's 37th annual Sorghum Day Festival is the fresh sorghum syrup.
Wewoka's Sorghum Day Festival is all about the syrup.
There is still time for producers to compete with other farmers and against their county average for the best sorghum yields in the nation.
Is pushing ahead with plans to build an ethanol refinery on the Texas coast that will use a new variety of sorghum expected to thrive in that part of the country.
The voice of the sorghum industry.
Buffalo family revives art of sorghum -making for FFA project.
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