\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maize (audio) \

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Moses Mungai has driven a maize lorry for four hours to get here, from a border town in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. The Economist, "Why Africa’s poor pay high prices," 15 Mar. 2018 One of the shoes, the Air Jordan Varsity Royal ($200, available now), celebrates Jordan’s legacy at Laney High School with a varsity royal, maize and light charcoal combination shoe. Steve Reed, The Seattle Times, "NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 In the layers deposited before European arrival, the lake sediments held pollen reminiscent of an open landscape, dotted with amaranth, meadow rue, grasses, and cultivated maize fields. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 North American foragers traded for domesticated maize for hundreds of years prior to cultivating it themselves, the paper points out. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Founded in 1973, Embrapa made the cerrado’s acidic soils hospitable to maize, soyabean and cattle, and created types of crops and livestock that could thrive in such climes. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 Even in San Jose Calderas, several miles north of the eruption, maize and peach crops were ruined by six inches of hot ash and rocks. New York Times, "Visiting Guatemala After a Deadly Eruption," 13 June 2018 According to the team, the maize lettering will remain the same. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Stadium end zones going blue for first time in program history," 15 June 2018 Instead, like many early civilizations, they were thought to mostly barter, trading items such as tobacco, maize, and clothing. Joshua Rapp Learn, Science | AAAS, "The Maya civilization used chocolate as money," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of maize

circa 1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maize

Spanish maíz, from Taino mahiz

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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