Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A variety of sorghum having a stiff, erect, much-branched flower cluster, the stalks of which are used to make brooms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of Sorghum vulgare, a tall reed-like grass, rising to a height of 8 or 10 feet, a native of India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Bot.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a variety of grass of the species Sorghum vulgare.

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

  • noun tall grasses grown for the elongated stiff-branched panicle used for brooms and brushes

Etymologies

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From its use as bristles for brooms

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