Definitions for milletˈmɪl ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mil•letˈmɪl ɪt(n.)

  1. any of various cereal grasses, as the foxtail millet (Setaria italica) or the pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum), cultivated as a food-grain crop or as fodder.

    Category: Plants

  2. any of various related or similar grasses cultivated for grain or forage.

    Category: Plants

  3. the grain of any of these grasses.

    Category: Plants

Origin of millet:

1375–1425; < MF, =mil (< L milium millet) +-et -et

Mil•letmɪˈleɪ; ʒɑ̃(n.)

  1. 1814–75, French painter.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. millet(noun)

    any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine

  2. Millet, Jean Francois Millet(noun)

    French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)

  3. millet(noun)

    small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica

Webster Dictionary

  1. Millet(noun)

    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


  1. Millet

    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. They do not form a taxonomic group, but rather a functional or agronomic one. Millets are important crops in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa, with 97% of millet production in developing countries. The crop is favored due to its productivity and short growing season under dry, high temperature conditions. The most widely grown millet is pearl millet, which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. Finger millet, proso millet, and foxtail millet are also important crop species. In the developed world, millets are less important. For example, in the United States the only significant crop is proso millet, which is mostly grown for bird seed. While millets are indigenous to many parts of the world, millets most likely had an evolutionary origin in tropical western Africa, as that is where the greatest number of both wild and cultivated forms exist. Millets have been important food staples in human history, particularly in Asia and Africa, and they have been in cultivation in East Asia for the last 10,000 years.

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a type of grain used as food

The farmer grows millet.

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