Definition of maize in English:


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Pronunciation: /meɪz


[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
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    • 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.


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

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