kafir corn

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kaffir corn

also kafir corn
n. Offensive
See Durra. See Usage Note at kaffir.

[Probably translation of Afrikaans kafferkoring : kaffer, disparaging term for a black person (from Arabic kāfir; see Kaffir) + koring, corn.]
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Noun1.kafir corn - important for human and animal foodkafir corn - important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth-edged leaves
sorghum - economically important Old World tropical cereal grass
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Moench) is a [C.sub.4] herbaceous annual plant, and is popularly known by a particular names in particular country like great millet, kafir corn, durra, mtama, jowar, kaoliang and milo in West Africa, South Africa, Sudan, Eastern Africa, India, China, United States respectively (Purseglove, 1972).
We used it to cut kafir corn, which was the precursor of milo.