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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Yes, many husbands kept all the money from the maize crop even though their wives had done most of the work.
▪ The maize crops have almost completely failed for several years running.
▪ Crouching inside the maize crop he began to work his way round the hamlet towards it.
▪ Rainfall during the December-April rainy season was under 10 percent of normal, and the country's maize crop has been devastated.
▪ Twelve spring-sown oilseed rape crops, 12 forage maize crops and 24 beet crops have been harvested.
▪ We grew maize, rice, beans and sesame.
▪ We grew maize, millet and beans.
▪ The Mayans grew maize, beans and pumpkins, and were the first to cultivate cocoa.
▪ He could see their helmeted heads among the maize stalks.
▪ In maize, for example, there are two male-sterility organelle genes, each suppressed by a separate nuclear restorer.
▪ Rice was their basic food and their most important food crop, far ahead of maize, taro or sago.
▪ The maize crops have almost completely failed for several years running.
▪ The police post is very remote and they often supplement their diet of maize and beans with game meat.
▪ The rare perennial maize proved to be resistant to seven viral diseases that plague domesticated maize.
▪ We grew maize, rice, beans and sesame.
▪ When Kalchu brought it fresh hay and water and even maize porridge it remained aloof and indifferent.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Corn \Corn\, n. [AS. corn; akin to OS. korn, D. koren, G., Dan., Sw., & Icel. korn, Goth. ka['u]rn, L. granum, Russ. zerno. Cf. Grain, Kernel.]

  1. A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain.

  2. The various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats.

    Note: In Scotland, corn is generally restricted to oats, in the United States, to maize, or Indian corn (see sense 3), and in England to wheat.

  3. a tall cereal plant ( Zea mays) bearing its seeds as large kernels in multiple rows on the surface of a hard cylindrical ear, the core of which (the cob) is not edible; -- also called Indian corn and, in technical literature, maize. There are several kinds; as, yellow corn, which grows chiefly in the Northern States, and is yellow when ripe; white corn or southern corn, which grows to a great height, and has long white kernels; sweet corn, comprising a number of sweet and tender varieties, grown chiefly at the North, some of which have kernels that wrinkle when ripe and dry; pop corn, any small variety, used for popping. Corn seeds may be cooked while on the ear and eaten directly, or may be stripped from the ear and cooked subsequently. The term Indian corn is often used to refer to a primitive type of corn having kernels of varied color borne on the same cob; it is used for decoration, especially in the fall.

  4. The plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and seeds, after reaping and before thrashing.

    In one night, ere glimpse of morn, His shadowy flail had thrashed the corn.

  5. A small, hard particle; a grain. ``Corn of sand.'' --Bp. Hall. ``A corn of powder.'' --Beau. & Fl. Corn ball, a ball of popped corn stuck together with soft candy from molasses or sugar. Corn bread, bread made of Indian meal. Corn cake, a kind of corn bread; johnny cake; hoecake. Corn cockle (Bot.), a weed ( Agrostemma Githago syn. Lychnis Githago), having bright flowers, common in grain fields. Corn flag (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gladiolus; -- called also sword lily. Corn fly. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. A small fly which, in the larval state, is injurious to grain, living in the stalk, and causing the disease called ``gout,'' on account of the swelled joints. The common European species is Chlorops t[ae]niopus.

    2. A small fly ( Anthomyia ze) whose larva or maggot destroys seed corn after it has been planted. Corn fritter, a fritter having green Indian corn mixed through its batter. [U. S.] Corn laws, laws regulating trade in corn, especially those in force in Great Britain till 1846, prohibiting the importation of foreign grain for home consumption, except when the price rose above a certain rate. Corn marigold. (Bot.) See under Marigold. Corn oyster, a fritter containing grated green Indian corn and butter, the combined taste resembling that of oysters. Corn parsley (Bot.), a plant of the parsley genus ( Petroselinum segetum), a weed in parts of Europe and Asia. Corn popper, a utensil used in popping corn. Corn poppy (Bot.), the red poppy ( Papaver Rh[oe]as), common in European cornfields; -- also called corn rose. Corn rent, rent paid in corn. Corn rose. See Corn poppy. Corn salad (Bot.), a name given to several species of Valerianella, annual herbs sometimes used for salad. Valerianella olitoria is also called lamb's lettuce. Corn stone, red limestone. [Prov. Eng.] Corn violet (Bot.), a species of Campanula. Corn weevil. (Zo["o]l.)

      1. A small weevil which causes great injury to grain.

      2. In America, a weevil ( Sphenophorus ze[ae]) which attacks the stalk of maize near the root, often doing great damage. See Grain weevil, under Weevil.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from Cuban Spanish maiz, from Arawakan (Haiti) mahiz.


n. corn; a type of grain of the species ''Zea mays''.

  1. 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 [syn: corn, Indian corn, Zea mays]

  2. a strong yellow color [syn: gamboge, lemon, lemon yellow]

Maize, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
Population (2000): 1868
Housing Units (2000): 668
Land area (2000): 0.821130 sq. miles (2.126717 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.821130 sq. miles (2.126717 sq. km)
FIPS code: 44200
Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
Location: 37.772944 N, 97.466684 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 67101
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Maize, KS
Maize (album)

Maize is the first studio album by the American band Pushmonkey, first released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). It was remastered and reissued in 2002 by Trespass Records with a bonus live track.

Maize (color)

The color maize or corn refers to a shade of yellow; it is named for the cereal of the same name— maize (the cereal maize is called corn in the Americas). In public usage, maize can be applied to a variety of shades, ranging from light yellow to a dark shade that borders on orange, since the color of maize may vary.

The first recorded use of maize as a color name in English was in 1861.

Maize (disambiguation)

Maize is a plant cultivated for food.

Maize may also refer to:

  • Maize (album), by Pushmonkey
  • Maize (color), a shade of yellow, named for the cereal of the same name
  • Maize, Kansas, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States

Maize ( ; Zea mays subsp. mays, from after Taíno mahiz), also known as corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The six major types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.

The leafy stalk of the plant produces separate pollen and ovuliferous inflorescences or ears, which are fruits, yielding kernels (often erroneously called seeds). Maize kernels are often used in cooking as a starch.

Usage examples of "maize".

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Wheat, maize, beans, peppers, and squash were raised near the river, maguey for pulque, and indio products grew in the more arid areas.

She had last seen Melia three months ago, when Tom had taken her with him to deliver their small harvest of maize and barley to the main government store, and the time had been all too short-much of it spent, of necessity, in loading the seed and tools they were to take back with them.

Fat Legs had with him about forty of the proudest warriors of his own town, and several women came carrying bags of maize and bundles of fine furs and some parfleche bags containing pipe-smoking mixtures, decorated feathers, strings of the beautiful blue beads the Children of First Man still knew how to make after hundreds of years, and quantities of clay-dye powders.

In the study of a single character, the endosperm of maize, nearly 100,000 pedigreed seeds have been examined by different students.

Breakfast was a stew of kapenta, the fingerling dried fish he thought of as African whitebait, and a porridge of maize meal.

She watched with an awful fascination as the stiff maize porridge was scooped from the communal pot in the center of the table by many hands, molded into balls between the fingers and then dipped into buffalo-meat gravy.

In the last of the daylight, they ate the meal of maize porridge and Sean studied his field map and marked in his dead-reckoning position.

They ate the last handfuls of hot sticky salted maize porridge on the march and washed it down with water from the bottles that tasted of mud and algae.

Maize, tobacco, quinoa, and the mandico plants have been cultivated so long that their wild originals have quite disappeared.

Certain gods in this section which relates to the planting of maize are shown as being attacked by vultures and blow-flies.

The only thing that moved was an orangish cat that jumped off a woodpile and into the green stalks of maize nearest the shuttered cot.

In the meanwhile he gave orders for so much rice and maize to be collected thereabouts as was necessary for the victualling all his ships.

The wardress deliberately stepped onto the white maize cake, smearing it into the dirt.

They carried gifts to the temple: baskets filled with maize, pots of freshly brewed balche, woven cloth, cured deer skins.