Definition of pearl millet in US English:

pearl millet


  • A tall tropical grain with long cylindrical ears, comprising an important food crop in the driest areas of Africa and South Asia.

    Pennisetum glaucum or 'typhoides', family Gramineae

    • ‘Though pearl millet, a grain crop native to western Africa, is grown in the United States for forage, there is no established grain market for it.’
    • ‘Glabrous mutant varieties have been identified in many cereal crop species, including rice, wheat, barley, oats, pearl millet, sugarcane, and sorghum.’
    • ‘Maize and pearl millet are compared, of which the latter is more drought tolerant.’
    • ‘Considerable efforts have been made to introduce the trait into crops such as maize and pearl millet by traditional breeding involving interspecific hybridization.’
    • ‘The chapter on pearl millet provides a useful introduction to this crop.’