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mil·let 1

1. Any of various annual grasses with small grains that are harvested for food, livestock feed, and birdseed, especially proso millet.
2. The grains of any of these plants.

[Middle English milet, from Old French, diminutive of mil, millet, from Latin milium; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]

mil·let 2

A demographic group in the Ottoman Empire, defined in terms of religious affiliation and enjoying a degree of legal autonomy.

[Turkish, from Arabic milla (bound form millatu), religion, religious community, from Syriac milləṯā, word, creed; akin to Phoenician ml, word.]
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1. (Plants) a cereal grass, Setaria italica, cultivated for grain and animal fodder
2. (Plants)
a. an East Indian annual grass, Panicum miliaceum, cultivated for grain and forage, having pale round shiny seeds
b. the seed of this plant
3. (Plants) any of various similar or related grasses, such as pearl millet and Indian millet
[C14: via Old French from Latin milium; related to Greek melinē millet]


(French milɛ)
(Biography) Jean François (ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃swa). 1814–75, French painter of the Barbizon school, noted for his studies of peasants at work
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(ˈmɪl ɪt)

1. any of various cereal grasses, as the foxtail millet (Setaria italica) or the pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum), cultivated as a food-grain crop or as fodder.
2. any of various related or similar grasses cultivated for grain or forage.
3. the grain of any of these grasses.
[1375–1425; < Middle French, =mil (< Latin milium millet) + -et -et]



Jean François (ʒɑ̃) 1814–75, French painter.
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Noun1.millet - any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusinemillet - any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine
family Graminaceae, family Gramineae, family Poaceae, Graminaceae, Gramineae, grass family, Poaceae - the grasses: chiefly herbaceous but some woody plants including cereals; bamboo; reeds; sugar cane
barn grass, barn millet, barnyard grass, Echinochloa crusgalli - a coarse annual panic grass; a cosmopolitan weed; occasionally used for hay or grazing
billion-dollar grass, Echinochloa frumentacea, Japanese barnyard millet, Japanese millet, sanwa millet - coarse annual grass cultivated in Japan and southeastern Asia for its edible seeds and for forage; important wildlife food in United States
Eleusine indica, yard grass, yardgrass, wire grass, goose grass - coarse annual grass having fingerlike spikes of flowers; native to Old World tropics; a naturalized weed elsewhere
African millet, coracan, corakan, Eleusine coracana, finger millet, kurakkan, ragee, ragi - East Indian cereal grass whose seed yield a somewhat bitter flour, a staple in the Orient
panic grass - any grass of the genus Panicum; grown for grain and fodder
sorghum - economically important Old World tropical cereal grass
cereal, cereal grass - grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
2.millet - French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)Millet - French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)
3.millet - small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italicamillet - small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica
food grain, grain, cereal - foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
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Related words
adjective miliary
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[ˈmɪlɪt] Nmijo m
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[ˈmɪlɪt] nmillet m
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nHirse f
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[ˈmɪlɪt] nmiglio
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(ˈmilit) noun
a type of grain used as food. The farmer grows millet.
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