One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A relatively soft type of corn typically occurring between the toes.
Originally: moisture-rich maize kernels, especially from cobs harvested before full maturity. In later use also: maize kernels which lack horny endosperm; any of the cultivated varieties of maize producing such kernels.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Eachard (bap. 1637, d. 1697), college head. From soft + corn<br>mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Bartram (1699–1777), botanist and explorer in America. From soft + corn.
soft corn/ˌsɒf(t) ˈkɔːn/
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