\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maize (audio) \

Definition of maize

: a tall annual cereal grass (Zea mays) originally domesticated in Mexico and widely grown for its large elongated ears of starchy seeds : corn entry 1 sense 4 Along with maize, their main food, the ancient Maya planted squash, beans, peppers, cacao, and other plants, all of which they used for food or medicinal purposes.— Evelyn Dana Feld But evidence has been elusive, because the standard macrofossils—say, squash rinds or maize kernels—quickly rot in the sultry climate.— Kathryn Brown

Examples of maize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, the Ogiek have been forced to practice subsistence farming, by growing maize and beans as well as other crops. Geoffrey Kamadi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who should care for the forest? In Kenya, the question sparks violence.," 14 Oct. 2020 Takeout, curbside pickup and dine-in available Pulled pork, chicken, chorizo, and shrimp are some of the fillings for Colombian-style arepas — stuffed maize flour bread pockets. Will Coviello,, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 The government is looking to boost the supply of corn, which is called maize in Kenya, and limit imports to come only from the East African Community and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa member states. Eric Ombok,, "Kenya Rolls Out Measures to Boost Corn Output, Curb Imports," 29 Sep. 2020 Michigan still counts, and even better, the Hoosiers have lost 24 straight in the series since last their last triumph over the maize and blue in 1987. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Putting the entire Big Ten Conference on upset watch for 2020: College football Monday Madness," 28 Sep. 2020 Per the study, the team prepared meals made out of whole grains like wheat and maize in La Chamba ceramic pots— unglazed, black clay cookware made in central Colombia. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Millennia-Old Cookware May Be the Key to Recreating Ancient Cuisine," 23 Sep. 2020 The meal comes with a main protein that changes weekly — puerco pibil, barbacoa, chicken in Puya chile and peanut sauce — and includes rice, beans, slaw, salsa, and, of course, a dozen of Romero’s hearty tortillas, fragrant with maize. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "This northeast Minneapolis takeout spot is making 'perfect' tortillas," 28 Aug. 2020 While some teachers stay quarantined with the children, the others are gathering and drying maize at the farm, digging trenches for a new water line to the clinic and building a new fence around our school’s soccer field. Curtis Coghlan |, al, "Alabama missionaries mask up and head back to Kenya," 25 Aug. 2020 Yields of maize and beans could fall by around 14% by 2050, said a recent study; coffee grown in lower elevations is unlikely to be economically viable. Somini Sengupta New York Times, Star Tribune, "Inequality at the boiling point: Extreme heat takes toll on poor, vulnerable," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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“Maize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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