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corn

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noun, often attributive \ ˈkȯrn \

Definition of corn

1 chiefly dialectal :a small hard particle :grain
2 :a small hard seed usually used in combination
  • peppercorn
  • barleycorn
3 British :the grain of a cereal grass that is the primary crop of a region (such as wheat in Britain and oats in Scotland and Ireland); also :a plant that produces corn
4 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
6 a :something (such as writing, music, or acting) that is corny
b :the quality or state of being corny :corniness

Origin and Etymology of corn

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German & Old Norse korn grain, Latin granum


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corn

verb

Definition of corn

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

First Known Use of corn

1560


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corn

noun

Definition of corn

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

Origin and Etymology of corn

Middle English corne, from Anglo-French, horn, from Latin cornu horn, point — more at horn



CORN Defined for Kids

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corn

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noun \ ˈkȯrn \

Definition of corn for Students

1 :a tall American cereal grass plant widely grown for its large ears of starchy grain which come in many varieties
2 :the seeds of a corn plant that are used especially as food for humans and animals and are typically yellow or whitish
3 :an ear of corn with or without its leafy outer covering
  • We spent the afternoon picking corn.

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corn

noun

Definition of corn for Students

:a hardening and thickening of the skin (as on a person's toe)

Medical Dictionary

corn

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noun \ ˈkȯ(ə)rn \

medical Definition of corn

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


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