corn

Corn is a plant that grows long ears of kernels on tall, grass-like stalks. Many large farms grow fields of corn each year, for human or animals to eat, or to make corn-based products.

Corn is an important crop in North America, since many animals raised for meat eat corn, not to mention the corn that people consume. In addition, products like high fructose corn syrup and ethanol fuel are made from corn. Many people also love to eat corn on the cob slathered with butter in the summer time. In many parts of the world, it's called maize instead of corn, which is an Old English word meaning "grain."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: corn

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tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
feed (cattle) with corn
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n
something sentimental or trite
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n
a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes
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v
preserve with salt
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: corn
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n tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times

Synonyms:
Indian corn, Zea mays, maize
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field corn
corn grown primarily for animal feed or market grain
Zea mays rugosa, Zea saccharata, green corn, sugar corn, sweet corn, sweet corn plant
a corn plant developed in order to have young ears that are sweet and suitable for eating
Zea mays everta, popcorn
corn having small ears and kernels that burst when exposed to dry heat
Zea mays indentata, dent corn
corn whose kernels contain both hard and soft starch and become indented at maturity
Yankee corn, Zea mays indurata, flint corn, flint maize
corn having kernels with a hard outer layer enclosing the soft endosperm
Zea mays amylacea, flour corn, soft corn, squaw corn
corn having kernels almost entirely of soft starch
Type of:
cereal, cereal grass
grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet

n ears of corn that can be prepared and served for human food

Synonyms:
edible corn
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green corn, sweet corn
corn that can be eaten as a vegetable while still young and soft
hominy
hulled corn with the bran and germ removed
popcorn
small kernels of corn exploded by heat
lye hominy
hominy prepared by bleaching in lye
pearl hominy
hominy prepared by milling to pellets of medium size
Type of:
cereal, food grain, grain
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses

n the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal

Type of:
kernel
a single whole grain of a cereal

n whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn

Synonyms:
corn whiskey, corn whisky
Types:
bootleg, corn liquor, moonshine
whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
Type of:
whiskey, whisky
a liquor made from fermented mash of grain

n (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in Great Britain or oats in Scotland and Ireland)

Type of:
cereal, cereal grass
grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet

v feed (cattle) with corn

Type of:
feed, give
give food to
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n something sentimental or trite

“that movie was pure corn
Type of:
drippiness, mawkishness, mushiness, sentimentality, sloppiness, soupiness
falsely emotional in a maudlin way
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n a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes

Synonyms:
clavus
Type of:
callosity, callus
an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot)
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v preserve with salt

corned beef”
Type of:
keep, preserve
prevent (food) from rotting
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