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The millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for both human food and fodder.

millet n 1: any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine 2: French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875) [syn: {Jean Francois Millet}] 3: small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "millet": breakfast food, cereal, cornflakes, dry cereal, farina, frumenty, grits, gruel, hasty pudding, hominy grits, hot cereal, kasha, loblolly, mush, oatmeal, porridge, puffed rice, puffed wheat, rolled oats, wheatflakes

millet \mil"let\ (m[i^]l"l[e^]t), n. [F., dim. of mil, L. milium; akin to Gr. meli`nh, AS. mil.] (Bot.) The name of several cereal and forage grasses which bear an abundance of small roundish grains. The common millets of Germany and Southern Europe are {Panicum miliaceum}, and {Setaria Italica}. Note: {Arabian millet} is {Sorghum Halepense}. {Egyptian millet} or {East Indian millet} is {Penicillaria spicata}. {Indian millet} is {Sorghum vulgare}. (See under {Indian}.) {Italian millet} is {Setaria Italica}, a coarse, rank-growing annual grass, valuable for fodder when cut young, and bearing nutritive seeds; -- called also {Hungarian grass}. {Texas millet} is {Panicum Texanum}. {Wild millet}, or {Millet grass}, is {Milium effusum}, a tall grass growing in woods. [1913 Webster]

Millet (Heb. dohan; only in Ezek. 4:9), a small grain, the produce of the Panicum miliaceum of botanists. It is universally cultivated in the East as one of the smaller corn-grasses. This seed is the cenchros of the Greeks. It is called in India warree, and by the Arabs dukhan, and is extensively used for food, being often mixed with other grain. In this country it is only used for feeding birds.


Quinoa ( or , , from ), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.

Quinoa \Qui*no"a\, n. The seeds of a kind of goosewort ({Chenopodium Quinoa}), used in Chili and Peru for making porridge or cakes; also, food thus made. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • millet: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • millet: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • millet: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • millet: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • quinoa: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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