Sorghum vs. Millet

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Main Difference

The main difference between Sorghum and Millet is that the Sorghum is a genus of plants and Millet is a food grain.

  • Sorghum

    Sorghum is a genus of flowering plants in the grass family Poaceae. Seventeen of the twenty-five species are native to Australia, with the range of some extending to Africa, Asia, Mesoamerica, and certain islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

    One species is grown for grain, while many others are used as fodder plants, either cultivated in warm climates worldwide or naturalized, in pasture lands. Sorghum is in the subfamily Panicoideae and the tribe Andropogoneae (the tribe of big bluestem and sugarcane).

  • Millet

    Millets (/ˈmɪlɪts/) are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food.

    Millets are important crops in the semiarid tropics of Asia and Africa (especially in India, Mali, Nigeria, and Niger), with 97% of millet production in developing countries. The crop is favored due to its productivity and short growing season under dry, high-temperature conditions.

    Millets are indigenous to many parts of the world. The most widely grown millet is pearl millet, which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. Finger millet, proso millet, and foxtail millet are also important crop species.

    Millets may have been consumed by humans for about 7,000 years and potentially had “a pivotal role in the rise of multi-crop agriculture and settled farming societies”.

  • Sorghum (noun)

    A cereal, Sorghum bicolor (syn. noshow=1) the grains of which are used to make flour and as cattle feed.

  • Sorghum (noun)

    Sorghum syrup.

  • Millet (noun)

    Any of a group of various types of grass or its grains used as food, widely cultivated in the developing world.

  • Millet (noun)

    A semi-autonomous confessional community under the Ottoman Empire, especially a non-Muslim one.

  • Sorghum (noun)

    a cereal which is native to warm regions of the Old World and is a major source of grain and stockfeed.

  • Millet (noun)

    a cereal grown in warm countries and regions with poor soils, bearing a large crop of small seeds which are chiefly used to make flour.

Oxford Dictionary

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