Definition of ragi in US English:



  • another term for "finger millet" (see millet)
    • ‘The poor were bearing the brunt of this policy as production of coarse and cheaper grains like ragi and corn had shrunk, making them dependent on the more expensive rice.’
    • ‘Many doctors tell a diabetic not to eat rice and eat only wheat or ragi.’
    • ‘The entire area has been solar-fenced, each family issued with leased land in which they cultivate ragi, beans and vegetables.’
    • ‘Those ubiquitous south Indian dishes could be made more appetising and delicious if ragi and green gram were used as the main ingredients.’
    • ‘Freshly cut ragi were piled up artistically in the shape of Buddhist stupas on just a few fields which told their own story - of the misfortune of many who were not able to reap even a meagre harvest.’


From Sanskrit and Hindi rāgī, from Telugu.