One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seed or grain of millet; such seeds collectively.
Of grains of sand: almost spherical in shape as a result of abrasion produced by the wind.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in George Turberville (c1543–c1597), poet and translator. From millet + seed.
millet seed/ˈmɪlɪt siːd/
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