Main definitions of corn in US English:

: corn1corn2

corn1

noun

  • 1A North American cereal plant that yields large grains, or kernels, set in rows on a cob. Its many varieties yield numerous products, highly valued for both human and livestock consumption.

    Zea mays, family Gramineae; it was domesticated before 5000 BC, although the wild ancestor is unidentified

    Also called Indian corn
    • ‘Much of the corn was planted last week in Phelps County and a good amount was planted in Gosper County.’
    • ‘Initially corn was a garden plant valued for early maturity and easy food preparation.’
    • ‘The best land in America produces two low-value commodity crops that are rarely directly consumed by humans - corn and soybeans.’
    • ‘To scout for bacterial soft rot fungal injury in corn, dissect the plant down to the growing point.’
    • ‘He pocketed the money he would have spent on buying the heavy metal, as well as his labor to plant and harvest the corn.’
    • ‘The kernel is the fruit produced from the corn flower, and each kernel contains an embryo that may develop into a new corn plant.’
    • ‘In the present study, corn plants were not partitioned into grain, cob, stalk, and leaves.’
    • ‘The problem is that human beings are not like stalks of corn planted in poor soil.’
    • ‘Although APHIS inspectors saw the corn plants and told the farmer to remove them before the soybean field was harvested, that didn't happen.’
    • ‘So no special corn varieties have had to be planted just for ethanol production, Nelson says.’
    • ‘In addition to providing food, the corn plants were used to make a variety of other goods.’
    • ‘A relatively colorless oil, it is produced by pressing the endosperm of the corn kernel.’
    • ‘It seems that everyone is talking about ethanol these days, spurring great expectations for corn and grain producers.’
    • ‘I don't hunt, climb mountains or go around planting stray stalks of corn.’
    • ‘Having grown up on a working farm I can tell you that much, if not most, corn grown is for livestock feed and not humans.’
    • ‘According to Goldberg, 75% of the corn planted this year will be of the conventional variety.’
    • ‘The corn carries a mutant gene that confers resistance to a specific herbicide, leaving the corn plant unharmed when treated with this herbicide.’
    • ‘In fact, ginseng was one of the first plants traded at a profit by early European pioneers in North America, not better known plants like corn and tobacco.’
    • ‘One-quarter of all corn planted in the United States is now modified to produce the Bt toxin.’
    • ‘Even if we plant the seeds like corn and beans too early they will go bad before they have a chance to germinate.’
    sweetcorn, maize, corn on the cob, indian corn
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    1. 1.1 The grains of corn.
      ‘creamed corn’
      ‘two ears of corn’
      • ‘Zein is a corn protein making up about half of the protein found in the corn kernel.’
      • ‘Two ears of Long Island corn, slathered in butter and salt.’
      • ‘Push the corn kernels to the side of the pan; add the sugar and allow the sugar to caramelize.’
      • ‘Had my child not been in my arms, I probably would have dragged you out of your cart and shoved my ear of hot buttered corn down your red neck.’
      • ‘There were separate spoons for soup, corn, and ice cream.’
      • ‘In a pot, bring cream, milk and corn to a boil.’
      • ‘I look over at Mory, who is pushing around a corn kernel with her fork.’
      • ‘By sticking an ear of dried corn on top, he lured squirrels to charge up the board and then spin around for a dizzying ride.’
      • ‘Add the corn kernels, garlic, and shallot and sauté until tender, about 30 seconds.’
      • ‘His challenge was to eat creamed corn and cod liver oil.’
      • ‘Add the corn kernels and simmer until tender, about five minutes.’
      • ‘Christopher says his biggest failure was cream corn.’
      • ‘I waded through enough surf-and-turfs and enough creamed corn to last a lifetime.’
      • ‘Popcorn has never tasted so good to Lavonne Sanders, an entrepreneur who has turned popping golden kernels of corn into a lucrative business venture.’
      • ‘Indigenous Mexicans believe that God created humanity from an ear of corn and call themselves ‘people of maize’.’
      • ‘Cover the kernels with the corn stock by one inch, reserving the remaining stock for the garnish.’
      • ‘Using a grater set over a bowl, grate the corn kernels off the cobs.’
      • ‘Lin served Lannie; dinner consisted of roast beef, cream corn, beans, mashed potatoes and a tall glass of tropical Kool-aid.’
      • ‘The moisture inside the corn kernels was expanding, violently bursting out of the hard shells.’
      • ‘As she walked into the kitchen The Captain was just in the process of heaping handfuls of the kernels into the corn popper that was already heated up.’
      grain, cereal, cereal crop
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    2. 1.2British The chief cereal crop of a district, especially (in England) wheat or (in Scotland) oats.
      • ‘Peas, beans or carrots also formed part of the diet, plus corn, i.e. oats or maize.’
      • ‘To a European, corn covers all the cereal crops - wheat, barley, oat, and so on.’
      grain, cereal, cereal crop
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  • 2informal Something banal or sentimental.

    ‘the movie is pure corn’
    • ‘The appetite audiences have for sentimental corn should never be underestimated.’
    • ‘God, will I forever be forced to deal with this massive amount of cheese and corn from now on…?’
    • ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band is pure corn but rather tasty all the same.’

Phrases

  • corn on the cob

    • Corn when cooked and eaten straight from the cob; an ear of corn.

      • ‘My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw that dinner for the evening was to consist of rough hewn pork, corn on the cob, a messy cabbage-type salad and what I presumed were beef cutlets.’
      • ‘While the food is unpretentious - steak, corn on the cob, beans, cowboy coffee - it's fresh and of top-drawer quality, and nobody goes away hungry.’
      • ‘Dad barbecued some steaks, and Mom made potato salad and corn on the cob.’
      • ‘Around her, hundreds of people were also enjoying barbecue beef sandwiches and corn on the cob.’
      • ‘The ‘pearly whites’ of the corn on the cob, burst sweetly and milkily in your mouth straight off - roasting this variety, at least, was unnecessary.’
      • ‘We had herbed chicken, beef brisket, chili beans, fruit salad and corn on the cob.’
      • ‘This dish is pure luxury: a glorious pile of clams, mussels, corn on the cob, spicy sausage, and a bright-red lobster, all roasted on a bed of seaweed and served table-side.’
      • ‘If you like sweetcorn, try the corn on the cob - it was delicious, all barbecued and crispy.’
      • ‘My Mom is making an All-American meal: burgers, corn on the cob, freshly made fries, and apple pie.’
      • ‘Serve with steak fries, corn on the cob (you can do that on the grill, too), and the simplest salad you can think of.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koren and German Korn.

Pronunciation

corn

/kôrn//kɔrn/

Main definitions of corn in US English:

: corn1corn2

corn2

noun

  • A small, painful area of thickened skin on the foot, especially on the toes, caused by pressure.

    • ‘By choosing appropriate footwear and keeping feet free of blisters, calluses and corns, we increase the body's general well being.’
    • ‘On the toes, reactions to a pressure point are called corns.’
    • ‘Wearing improperly fitting shoes on a daily basis causes foot problems such as calluses, corns, hammertoes, bunions, and more.’
    • ‘The accessories that come with it: corns, hammertoes, bunions, ingrown toe nails, calluses, and the list goes on.’
    • ‘See your regular doctor or a foot-care specialist for calluses, corns, bunions or warts.’
    • ‘Common problems are bunions, hammer toes, corns and pain in the balls of the feet.’
    • ‘Bunions, blisters and corns sound gruesome - and they are.’
    • ‘A variety of products are available over-the-counter for the treatment of common foot problems, such as athlete's foot, onychomycosis, foot pain, corns, warts and bunions.’
    • ‘Most boot related injuries are the same injuries that wearing any tight, stiff shoe can cause, meaning corns, calluses, blisters, and bone spurs.’
    • ‘That Bo Jackson, he can do anything, I once went to a brunch with him and my feet were covered with corns and after a handshake with him they were gone.’
    • ‘How many corns, bunions, ingrowing toenails, pads of rock-hard skin and blisters are hidden away under tights and woolly socks?’
    • ‘From my 25th year, I have been suffering from corns on the feet.’
    • ‘Metatarsal pads can also be used to change the alignment of the toes to relieve pressure on soft corns.’
    • ‘In addition, soaking your feet in warm water or with Epsom salts can alleviate painful corns and calluses.’
    • ‘She wore cheap tennis shoes with holes cut out for corns or bunions, something painful.’
    • ‘His feet did not sweat normally and he had huge corns over his weight-bearing areas of the big toe, the heel, and the heads of the deep bones of the toes.’
    • ‘Deepika is my foot guru who, in half an hour, will transform my unattractive foot complete with corns, calluses and untidy-looking toes into a thing of beauty.’
    • ‘Maybe they would have given me blisters or bunions or corns.’
    • ‘See your doctor if you have foot pain or corns, or if you can't trim your toenails well.’
    • ‘But Mrs Ruthven warns the fad could lead to corns, bunions, calluses, claw toes, hammer toes - even arthritis and lower back problems.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Latin cornu ‘horn’.

Pronunciation

corn

/kôrn//kɔrn/