corn·​cob | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌkäb How to pronounce corncob (audio) \

Definition of corncob

1 : the core on which the kernels of corn are arranged
2 : an ear of corn

Examples of corncob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers’ model helps reveal how conditions such as sunlight and shading affect crop growth—but many other factors such as water availability and microbial interactions determine the length of a corncob or width of a soybean. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2017 One of the most poignant images is of a corncob doll with corn-silk hair. Eddie Dean, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2020 Hey, Huskers, put a corncob in your pie hole and shut up. Mike Bianchi,, 30 Oct. 2020 Kind-of Ajiaco Serves 4 to 6 Ajiaco is a hearty and glorious Colombian chicken soup made with starchy potatoes and milky corncobs to naturally thicken the broth. Julia Clancy,, 5 Feb. 2020 On the new Nightstick, the Raptor (bird’s head) rounded grip is made of wood, as is the corncob fore-end. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 30 Jan. 2019 Add the corncobs and 1 tablespoon salt, reduce heat to medium, and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Christopher Kimball,, 2 July 2019 The pieces include some practically Dadaist still-life sculptures, made of machine parts, and a chandelier, designed for a Cedar Rapids hotel, with eye-fooling replicas of corncobs. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2018 Among the objects lethally employed: a spear, a crossbow, a champagne bottle and a corncob. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 20 May 2016

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First Known Use of corncob

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Corncob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corncob

: the long, hard, center part of corn (sense 1) : the part of corn that the kernels grow on


corn·​cob | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌkäb How to pronounce corncob (audio) \

Kids Definition of corncob

: the woody core on which grains of corn grow

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