Definition of millet in English:

millet

noun

mass noun
  • A cereal grown in warm countries and regions with poor soils, bearing a large crop of small seeds which are chiefly used to make flour.

    Several species in the family Gramineae, in particular common millet (Panicum miliaceum), of temperate regions, the tropical finger millet (Eleusine coracana), which is a staple in parts of Africa and India, and pearl millet

    • ‘Most of our rural-dwelling kin actually grow their own maize, cassava or millet that they have milled at village mills.’
    • ‘Farmers should also be encouraged to grow other crops such as millet, cassava, sorghum and others on equally a large scale.’
    • ‘Wheat, barley, rice, rye, oats, millet and corn are the world's top food crops.’
    • ‘They grow cereals (sorghum, finger millet, and maize), oil seeds (sesame and niger seed), legumes, and root crops.’
    • ‘Oats, millet, opium poppies, and flax were also being cultivated by the end of the Neolithic period.’
    • ‘Brewing materials such as maize, sorghum and finger millet were in abundance in the area but were now being ferried to a neighbouring country.’
    • ‘Some of the crops which have been swept away by water include maize, sorghum, and finger millet which are grown along the river banks without the use of fertilisers during dry season.’
    • ‘Natural sources rich in silica are horsetail, alfalfa, barley, millet, oats and potatoes.’
    • ‘They also eat grains such as Chinese sorghum, corn, millet, oats, and buckwheat.’
    • ‘We know that the ancient Austronesians grew rice, millet, and sugar cane.’
    • ‘Long-distance trade across the Indian Ocean brought many domesticated plants and animals to Africa, including the chicken and camel and cereals such as finger millet and sorghum.’
    • ‘About half the people eat rice as their staple, while the remainder subsist on wheat, barley, maize, and millet.’
    • ‘The most important grain is wheat, but millet and rice are also eaten.’
    • ‘The most common foods are beans, corn, peas, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, and bananas.’
    • ‘Cereals such as oats, barley, millet, buckwheat, rye, sesame, nuts and seeds are preferable.’
    • ‘Crops such as sorghum and millet are good at withstanding fluctuations in moisture, but are now hardly grown.’
    • ‘The most important food crops are millet and sorghum; large quantities of rice are imported.’
    • ‘In the north, grains such as millet, sorghum, and corn are boiled into a porridge-like dish that forms the basis of the diet.’
    • ‘Or, if moisture is received, planting a later crop such as millet or sunflowers may be an option.’
    • ‘A favorite beverage of the Sherpas is Chang, a beer made from maize, millet, or other grains.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French, diminutive of dialect mil, from Latin milium.

Pronunciation

millet

/ˈmɪlɪt/