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Broomcorn Sorghum bicolor


Some grasses from the sorghum family, such as Sorghum bicolor or Sorghum vulgare, that are commonly grown in the central and southwestern United States, Argentina, and Hungary. Broomcorn has stiff, slender, close-bunched branches that are used for making brushes and brooms. The coarse hard fibers are naturally yellow but accept dyes well. The name 'broomcorn' is also used for a millet plant, Panacium miliaceum, commonly found as a food product, bird seed, and animal feed.

Synonyms and Related Terms

broom corn; Sorghum bicolor; Sorghum vulgare; Panacium miliaceum

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Resources and Citations

  • F. Kidd, Brushmaking Materials, Bristish Brush Manufacturers, London, 1957
  • Wikipedia: 'Sorghum" Accessed Oct. 30, 2004
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 123
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998