: 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 Historians believe that maize was first domesticated in Mexico nearly 10,000 years ago, not far from Mr. Matus’ small plot of land. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Apr. 2024 Maya believed the creator gods had given their blood and mixed it with maize dough to create the first humans. Kimberly H. Breuer, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 And then an ‘M’ that’s a maize and blue ‘M.’ Also that signifies a thousand in Roman numerals. Eric Olson, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 Archaeologists discovered ceramics dating to around 3,000 years ago, evidence of soil cultivation from 2,500 years ago, and traces of maize from 500 years ago. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2024 Corn and Hominy Chowder Jacques Pépin’s recipe employs corn two ways — as fresh or frozen kernels and as canned hominy, made from maize. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Amidst the maize and blue confetti that had fallen onto the field at NRG Stadium and the throng of Michigan football players and families taking pictures and putting on T-shirts, Jim Harbaugh emerged and swallowed up his 84-year-old father, Jack, in a bear hug. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 Her family survives on staples such as pasta and maize in different forms. Adie Vanessa Offiong, CNN, 29 Nov. 2023 By kickoff, the stands were nearly a sea of maize and blue, leading the stadium to seemingly shake when the Wolverines did anything positive. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Spanish maíz, from Taino mahiz

First Known Use

circa 1544, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maize was circa 1544

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“Maize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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