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

Examples of field corn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional street corn is more of a field corn. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 May 2021 Other varieties include dent or field corn, flour corn, and today’s subject: popcorn. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 When just picked, sweet corn has at least twice the sugar content of field corn. Bee Wilson, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2022 One of the studies analyzed field corn, lettuce and tomatoes grown in soil fertilized with MWRD sludge. Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 The rest is mostly field corn, which is used to make biofuels, animal feed and food additives. Deepak Ray, The Conversation, 13 May 2022 Some farmers were forced to wait until early June to begin planting their field corn, two months later than normal. Julian Epp, The New Republic, 5 Nov. 2021 While seed corn makes up less than one percent of the corn grown in the U.S. by acreage, commercial field corn exports rely on these hybrid seeds, making detasseling an essential part of the $75 billion industry. Julian Epp, The New Republic, 5 Nov. 2021 The corn source depends on the type, with Iowa bringing in nearly 2.3 billion bushels of field corn, followed by Illinois with about 2.1 billion and Nebraska with almost 1.8 billion. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of field corn was in 1808

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“Field corn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

field corn

: corn with starchy kernels that are used for livestock feed or are processed into food products (as corn oil or corn syrup) or ethanol
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