noun Etymology: New Latin, from Italian sorgo, from Vulgar Latin *Syricum (granum), literally, Syrian grain Date: 1597 1. any of an economically important genus (Sorghum) of Old World tropical grasses similar to Indian corn in habit but with the spikelets in pairs on a hairy rachis; especially any of various cultivars (as grain sorghum or sorgo) derived from a wild form (S. bicolor syn. S. vulgare) 2. syrup from the juice of a sorgo that resembles cane syrup 3. something cloyingly sentimental

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