from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A variety of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) having a stiff, erect, much-branched flower cluster, the stalks of which are used to make brooms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a variety of grass of the species Sorghum vulgare.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A tall variety of grass (Sorghum vulgare technicum), having a joined stem, like maize, rising to the height of eight or ten feet, and bearing its seeds on a panicle with long stiff branches, of which brooms are made.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of Sorghum vulgare, a tall reed-like grass, rising to a height of 8 or 10 feet, a native of India.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tall grasses grown for the elongated stiff-branched panicle used for brooms and brushes
From its use as bristles for brooms (Wiktionary)