Definition of Pennisetum in US English:

Pennisetum

noun

  • A genus of chiefly tropical grasses including elephant grass and pearl millet, characterized by dense spikelike inflorescences bearing long, often feathery bristles; (also pennisetum) a grass of this genus.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Pennisetum, genus name from classical Latin penni-, combining form of penna feather + saeta, sēta bristle.

Pronunciation

Pennisetum

/ˌpɛnɪˈsiːt(ə)m/