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Definition of maize in English:

noun

[mass noun] British
A Central American cereal plant which yields large grains (corn or sweetcorn) set in rows on a cob. The many varieties include some used for stockfeed and corn oil.
  • Zea mays, family Gramineae
Example sentences
  • A similar phenotype has been observed in other species, including maize and sorghum.
  • The main crops that are harvested for this are maize, rice, wheat, and potatoes.
  • Previous work with wheat and barley is extended to include experiments with maize.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Spanish maíz, from Taino mahiz.

Words that rhyme with maize

ablaze, amaze, appraise, baize, Blaise, blaze, braise, broderie anglaise, chaise, craze, daze, écossaise, erase, faze, gaze, glaze, graze, Hayes, Hays, haze, laze, liaise, lyonnaise, malaise, Marseillaise, mayonnaise, Mays, maze, phase, phrase, polonaise, praise, prase, raise, raze, upraise

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