Definition of Coracan
1. Noun. East Indian cereal grass whose seed yield a somewhat bitter flour, a staple in the Orient.
Group relationships: Eleusine, Genus Eleusine
Generic synonyms: Millet
Lexicographical Neighbors of Coracan
Literary usage of Coracan
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Forage Plants and Their Culture by Charles Vancouver Piper (1914)
"Ragi, finger millet or coracan (Eleusine coracana) is much cultivated in India and to some extent in Africa as a cereal. It produces large crops of rather ..."
2. An English Garner: Ingatherings from Our History & Literature by Edward Arber (1897)
"He swore that he would make the King eat coracan ... that is, a kind of hasty pudding made of water and the coracan flour, which is reckoned the worst fare ..."
3. Origin of Cultivated Plants by Alphonse de Candolle (1885)
"coracan—Eleusine coracana, Gaertner This annual grass, which resembles the millets, is cultivated especially in India and the Malay Archipelago. ..."
4. Ceylon: An Account of the Island Physical, Historical and Topographical by Sir James Emerson Tennent (1859)
"... run up in the centre, and all the surrounding area divided into patches of Indian corn, coracan, gram, and dry paddi: with plots of ..."