corn·​cob ˈkȯrn-ˌkäb How to pronounce corncob (audio)
: the core on which the kernels of corn are arranged
: an ear of corn

Examples of corncob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, kids delight in stacking candy corn in a circle, points in, to create corncob towers. Leanne Italie, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2023 Rather than chain-like, the six-inch-long racemes are bunched, looking like purple corncobs cut in half. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 21 Oct. 2023 The artifact list from this Mesoamerican ruin reads something like this: corncob, thatch fragment, carbonized bean. Mary Roach, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 In late spring, the city starts bombing breeding grounds with larvicide — ground-up corncobs saturated with naturally occurring soil bacteria that are deadly to baby mosquitoes but generally harmless to other life. Andy Newman, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 Here’s how: Get out a slow cooker, stockpot, or Dutch oven, then add water and corncobs. Melina Hammer, Bon Appétit, 20 July 2023 This elegant drink features corn three ways: as a whiskey and muddled kernels, which provide a fresh, savory-sweet twist — and its corncob garnish adds unexpected whimsy. Zoe Glasser, Washington Post, 15 July 2023 Included here is a cluster of multicolored corncobs, baskets and earrings in the shape and color of strawberries and a beaded basket with a small bird woven into its lid. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 Sarah O’Gleby’s choreography reaches its zenith right at the start, and not even with humans: A mini-kickline of plastic corncob Rockettes slays. Jesse Green, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corncob was in 1792

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“Corncob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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corn·​cob ˈkȯ(ə)rn-ˌkäb How to pronounce corncob (audio)
: the woody core on which the kernels of corn are arranged

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