noun, often attributive \ˈkrn\

Definition of CORN

chiefly dialect :  a small hard particle :  grain
:  a small hard seed —usually used in combination <peppercorn> <barleycorn>
British :  the grain of a cereal grass that is the primary crop of a region (as wheat in Britain and oats in Scotland and Ireland); also :  a plant that produces corn
a :  a tall annual cereal grass (Zea mays) originally domesticated in Mexico and widely grown for its large elongated ears of starchy seeds —called also Indian corn, maize
b :  the typically yellow or whitish seeds of corn used especially as food for humans and livestock
c :  an ear of corn with or without its leafy outer covering
a :  something (as writing, music, or acting) that is corny
b :  the quality or state of being corny :  corniness
:  corn snow

Origin of CORN

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German & Old Norse korn grain, Latin granum
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with CORN



Definition of CORN

transitive verb
:  to form into grains :  granulate
a :  to preserve or season with salt in grains
b :  to cure or preserve in brine containing preservatives and often seasonings <corned beef>
:  to feed with corn

First Known Use of CORN




Definition of CORN

:  a local hardening and thickening of epidermis (as on a toe)

Origin of CORN

Middle English corne, from Anglo-French, horn, from Latin cornu horn, point — more at horn
First Known Use: 15th century


noun \ˈk(ə)rn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CORN

: a local hardening and thickening of epidermis (as on a toe)


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cereal plant (Zea mays) of the family Poaceae. It originated in the New World and has been introduced globally. American Indians taught colonists to grow corn, including some varieties of yellow corn that are still popular as food, as well as varieties with red, blue, pink, and black kernels, often banded, spotted, or striped, that today are regarded as ornamental and in the U.S. are called Indian corn. The tall, annual grass has a stout, erect, solid stem and large narrow leaves with wavy margins. Corn is used as livestock feed, as human food, and as raw material in industry. Though it is a major food in many parts of the world, it is inferior to other cereals in nutritional value. Inedible parts of the plant are used in industry—stalks for paper and wallboard; husks for filling material; cobs for fuel, to make charcoal, and in the preparation of industrial solvents. Corn husks also have a long history of use in the folk arts for objects such as woven amulets and corn-husk dolls. Corn is one of the most widely distributed of the world's food plants. In the U.S. corn is the most important crop, but slightly more acres of soybeans are planted.

Variants of CORN

corn or maize


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