from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of perennial plants, of the natural order Gramineæ.

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  • n. a genus of Old World grasses widely cultivated in America


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  • They drink large quantities of boyaloa or o-alo, the buza of the Arabs, which, being made of the grain called holcus sorghum or “durasaifi”, in a minute state of subdivision, is very nutritious, and gives that plumpness of form which is considered beautiful.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • “On gold and silver and camels and oxen and sheep and wheat and barley and holcus and millet and beans and vetches and rice and raisins and dates.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The natives all cultivate the dourrha or holcus sorghum, maize, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, and different kinds of beans; and they are entirely dependent for the growth of these on rains.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Immense crops of mapira (holcus sorghum) are raised; one species of it forms a natural bend on the seed-stalk, so that the massive ear hangs down.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • On the 11th of May, the third and fifth caravans, now united, followed up the right bank of the Mukondokwa, through fields of holcus, the great Mukondokwa ranges rising in higher altitude as we proceeded west, and enfolding us in the narrow river valley round about.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • At first the jungle thinned, openings in the wood appeared, then wide and naked clearings, then extensive fields of the hardy holcus, Indian corn, and maweri or bajri, with here and there a square tembe or village.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Indian corn, holcus sorghum, maweri, or panicum, or bajri, as called by the Arabs; gardens of sweet potatoes, large tracts of cucumbers, water-melons, mush-melons, and pea-nuts which grew in the deep furrows between the ridges of the holcus.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • The people grow sweet potatoes, manioc — out of which tapioca is made — beans, and the holcus.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • It was a square, compact village, surrounded by a thick wall of mud, enclosing cone-topped huts, roofed with bamboo and holcus-stalks; and contained a population of about a thousand souls.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Burton describes the streets of Harar as dirty narrow lanes heaped with garbage, and the houses as situated at the bottom of courtyards, closed by gates of holcus stalks.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton


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