\ 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 While this means the fuel is more sustainable, there are disadvantages to using the substitute, which is made from biomass such as sugar, wheat or maize. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 But the opportunity for Northern Illinois to frustrate the Wolverines, to at least turn in the type of plucky performance capable of poking holes in the maize and blue armor was real. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 But, Apdini says, improving feed quality can be a double-edged sword because high-quality feeds like soy or maize (corn) can also be consumed by humans and in the tropics, feed production is also linked to deforestation in the tropics. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 That means there were no telltale signs of crops being grown, unlike the current areas of human settlements along the nearby rivers, where a number of plants, like maize, squash, manioc and various fruit trees are cultivated. Vanessa Crooks, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 June 2021 After rice, the highest emissions associated with plant production came from wheat, sugarcane and maize. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 13 Sep. 2021 About half of the human genome is made up of transposons; in some maize plants, that figure climbs to about 90%. Quanta Magazine, 1 Sep. 2021 Ben VanSumeren is trading maize and blue for green and white. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 20 Feb. 2021 One of her neighbors noticed that the elderly woman's cat, named Piran, was persistently meowing, trying to bring attention to the corner of a large maize field near the woman's home. Katie Campione,, 16 Aug. 2021

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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