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."

Definitions of corn
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    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
  3. noun
    the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal
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    kernel
    a single whole grain of a cereal
  4. noun
    whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
    synonyms: corn whiskey, corn whisky
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    bootleg, corn liquor, moonshine
    whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
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    whiskey, whisky
    a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
  5. noun
    (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in Great Britain or oats in Scotland and Ireland)
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    cereal, cereal grass
    grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
  6. verb
    feed (cattle) with corn
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    feed, give
    give food to
  7. noun
    something sentimental or trite
    “that movie was pure corn
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    drippiness, mawkishness, mushiness, sentimentality, sloppiness, soupiness
    falsely emotional in a maudlin way
  8. noun
    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
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    callosity, callus
    an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot)
  9. verb
    preserve with salt
    corned beef”
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    keep, preserve
    prevent (food) from rotting
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