[Fr., from L. milium.] The name of several kinds of grasses bearing a great number of small round seeds used as food. The common millet is a native of the East Indies, but is also cultivated in the warmer parts of Europe, Africa, the United States, and the West Indies. The seeds are ground up into meal for bread. Certain kinds of millet bear seeds used as food for cattle, poultry, and cage-birds.