One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Central American cereal plant that yields large grains (corn or sweetcorn) set in rows on a cob. The many varieties include some used for stockfeed and corn oil.
Zea mays, family GramineaeNorth American term corn
sweetcorn, corn on the cob, indian cornView synonyms
- ‘The main crops that are harvested for this are maize, rice, wheat, and potatoes.’
- ‘Tortillas are infinitely versatile and usually made from corn or maize, but also from wheat.’
- ‘Farmers may be forced to change from barley and wheat to maize as warming continues.’
- ‘A similar phenotype has been observed in other species, including maize and sorghum.’
- ‘Previous work with wheat and barley is extended to include experiments with maize.’
Mid 16th century: from Spanish maíz, from Taino mahiz.
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