One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fast-growing cereal plant that is widely grown in warm countries and regions with poor soils. The numerous small seeds are used to make flour or alcoholic drinks.
- ‘About half the people eat rice as their staple, while the remainder subsist on wheat, barley, maize, and millet.’
- ‘Most of our rural-dwelling kin actually grow their own maize, cassava or millet that they have milled at village mills.’
- ‘The most important grain is wheat, but millet and rice are also eaten.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Cereals such as oats, barley, millet, buckwheat, rye, sesame, nuts and seeds are preferable.’
- ‘They also eat grains such as Chinese sorghum, corn, millet, oats, and buckwheat.’
- ‘In the north, grains such as millet, sorghum, and corn are boiled into a porridge-like dish that forms the basis of the diet.’
- ‘Oats, millet, opium poppies, and flax were also being cultivated by the end of the Neolithic period.’
- ‘Natural sources rich in silica are horsetail, alfalfa, barley, millet, oats and potatoes.’
- ‘Wheat, barley, rice, rye, oats, millet and corn are the world's top food crops.’
- ‘Or, if moisture is received, planting a later crop such as millet or sunflowers may be an option.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Brewing materials such as maize, sorghum and finger millet were in abundance in the area but were now being ferried to a neighbouring country.’
- ‘The most important food crops are millet and sorghum; large quantities of rice are imported.’
- ‘A favorite beverage of the Sherpas is Chang, a beer made from maize, millet, or other grains.’
- ‘The most common foods are beans, corn, peas, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, and bananas.’
- ‘Farmers should also be encouraged to grow other crops such as millet, cassava, sorghum and others on equally a large scale.’
- ‘They grow cereals (sorghum, finger millet, and maize), oil seeds (sesame and niger seed), legumes, and root crops.’
- ‘Crops such as sorghum and millet are good at withstanding fluctuations in moisture, but are now hardly grown.’
- ‘We know that the ancient Austronesians grew rice, millet, and sugar cane.’
Late Middle English: from French, diminutive of dialect mil, from Latin milium.
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