field corn

noun

Definition of field corn 

: corn (such as dent corn or flint corn) with starchy kernels that are used especially as livestock feed or processed into food products (such as cornmeal, corn oil, and corn syrup) or ethanol

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Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and mature (the dent stage), sweet corn is picked when the kernels are still tender (the milk stage) and prepared and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Corn on the Cob Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 11 June 2018 The hills are thick with field corn, much of it an eye-popping 10 feet high. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Maryland’s fall mazes cut paths toward fun and profit," 12 Sep. 2017 The hills are thick with field corn, much of it an eye-popping 10 feet high. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Maryland’s fall mazes cut paths toward fun and profit," 12 Sep. 2017 The hills are thick with field corn, much of it an eye-popping 10 feet high. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Maryland’s fall mazes cut paths toward fun and profit," 12 Sep. 2017 The hills are thick with field corn, much of it an eye-popping 10 feet high. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's fall mazes cut paths toward fun and profit," 4 Sep. 2017 The hills are thick with field corn, much of it an eye-popping 10 feet high. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's fall mazes cut paths toward fun and profit," 4 Sep. 2017 The hills are thick with field corn, much of it an eye-popping 10 feet high. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's fall mazes cut paths toward fun and profit," 4 Sep. 2017 Monsanto rival DowDuPont Inc is making the same bet and currently sells the shortest-season field corn in North America, maturing in 70 days, spokesman Ali Aziz said. Rod Nickel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Global corn surplus stems from rapid scientific advancements," 27 Sep. 2017

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1808, in the meaning defined above

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