dent corn


: corn of a variety (Zea mays indentata) having kernels that become indented at the top during ripening

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ingredient is typically made from dent corn, which is a variety known for its robust corn flavor, and can come in a variety of colors. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Grits — beloved throughout the American South and among those with connections to it — are traditionally made from dent corn. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Neal planted tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes, beans, pumpkins, squash, dent corn for making corn meal, herbs and edible flowers. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 His uncle and father had been growing this white dent corn variety since the 1930s. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dent corn was in 1852

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“Dent corn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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