Meaning of fonio in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfəʊnɪəʊ/


  • Either of two species of millet cultivated chiefly in West Africa for their edible seeds, Digitaria exilis and D. iburua. As a mass noun: the seeds of such a plant.

    D. exilis is also called fundi, hungry rice.


Early 20th century. From French fonio from Wolof foño, apparently from a Mande language.