Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cereal grain (Sorghum bicolor) of Asia and northern Africa, much cultivated in dry regions. Also called Egyptian corn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of millet, a variety of sorghum; Indian millet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of millet, cultivated throughout Asia, and introduced into the south of Europe; a variety of Sorghum vulgare; -- called also Indian millet, and Guinea corn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Indian millet or Guinea corn, Sorghum vulgare. See sorghum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sorghums of dry regions of Asia and North Africa

Etymologies

Arabic ḏura, grain; see ḏrw in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's also known as durra, Egyptian millet, and milo as well as other nom de grains.

    Carbonnade

  • I've never tried the grain and didn't even know there was a grain until I did a little research -- although I've heard of both durra and Egyptian millet.

    Carbonnade

  • Bandeliah — whose stature was at least six feet four — yet nothing would be of any use to him, unless he could come to an agreement with Mabonga, the queen of the Houlas, to split a durra straw with him.

    Springhaven

  • In the ruined dwellings, Negro pilgrims take up their temporary abode; some of these are settled in Mekka, and their wives prepare the intoxicating liquor made from durra, and called bouza, of which the meaner inhabitants are very fond.

    Travels in Arabia

  • With the Bedouins of the Eastern plain they exchange durra for cattle.

    Travels in Arabia

  • A few Arabs of Beni Salem here sow some fields with durra, which they irrigate by means of a fine spring of running water issuing from a cleft in the mountains, where it forms several small basins and pretty cascades — the best water I had drank since leaving the mountains of Tayf.

    Travels in Arabia

  • In the square of the mosque, several small stone basins are regularly filled with water for their use; here also Arab women expose to sale, upon small straw mats, corn and durra, which the pilgrims purchase, and throw to the pigeons.

    Travels in Arabia

  • Taraba is environed with palm-groves and gardens, watered by numerous rivulets; near it are some inconsiderable hills, at the foot of which the Arabs cultivate durra and barley: the inhabitants are of the Begoum tribe, and their Sheikh is Ibn Korshán.

    Travels in Arabia

  • Hedjaz use very little wheat; their bread is made either of durra or barley-flour, both of which are one-third cheaper than wheat; or they live entirely upon rice and butter.

    Travels in Arabia

  • One of the oldest, the durra (crook - necked) variety, was eaten in Egypt more than 4,000 years ago.

    7. Sorghum

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