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Sego \Se"go\, n. (Bot.) A liliaceous plant ( Calochortus Nuttallii) of Western North America, and its edible bulb; -- so called by the Ute Indians and the Mormons.


n. A perennial bulb lily found in Western North America, the '''', which has trumpet-shaped flowers.


Sego may refer to:

  • UR-100, a Soviet ICBM
  • Ségo, a nickname in the French press for French politician and 2007 Socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal
  • Sego lily, a plant native to the western United States
  • Sego (diet drink), a discontinued diet drink introduced by Pet Milk in 1961
  • Sego, Ohio, an unincorporated community
  • Sego, Utah, a ghost town in the United States
Sego (diet drink)

Sego was a US meal replacement diet drink formally marketed by Pet, Inc. (at the time Pet Milk) as Sego Liquid Diet Food. Introduced in 1961 and selling for approximately US25¢ each, Sego sales registered US$22 million to the company's Milk Products Division by 1965.

The name Sego derived from a Salt Lake City-based company, Sego Milk Products Company, that Pet Milk had purchased in 1925.

Sold in 10-ounce cans, before the advent of aluminum cans or cans with pull tabs, the beverages were available in flavors including Chocolate, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Malt, Vanilla, Strawberry, Banana and Orange—each providing 900 calories (initially, and subsequently 225 calories). Marketed under the taglines "See the calories go with Sego" and "Sego, it's great for your ego," Pet advertised the drinks being "thicker" and as having 10% more protein and 2 more ounces than other 900 calorie foods—e.g., Metrecal, its predecessor in the market and the market leader—asserting that protein "helps control hunger." In 1966, milk chocolate, caramel fudge and butter pecan flavors became available, and Pet Milk subsequently offered Sego branded pudding and soup—and, later still, diet bars.

By 1961, there were more than 100 meal replacement products on the U.S. market, and Sego competed with such products as Metrecal and Figurines by Pillsbury, and was ultimately superseded in the market place by such liquid diet drinks as Slimfast.

In the 2010 book The Hundred Year Diet, author Susan Yager called Sego "baby formula mixed water and a poor substitute for food."

Noted actress Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock while shooting a television commercial for Sego on the Today Show. Hedren later described the spot as "a story line; it wasn't just holding up a product and talking about it. It was a story and apparently he (Hitchcock) saw it."

Usage examples of "sego".

At four o'clock in the morning the first rays of the sun lighted up Sego, the capital of Bambarra, which could be recognized at once by the four towns that compose it, by its Saracenic mosques, and by the incessant going and coming of the flat-bottomed boats that convey its inhabitants from one quarter to the other.

He advanced in person on the town of Sego, which was a long time threatened.

While walking through the trees at the far end, I killed a sage hen and made a thick broth, using wild onions, breadroot, and the bulbs of the sego lily.

Towns with names like Freemont and Green River and Sego and Thompson and Harley Dome.

Then I emerged on a high plateau where a long wind stole softly across the open levels fresh with sage and sego lilies.