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popcorn

noun pop·corn \ ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of popcorn

: corn (Zea mays everta synonym Z. mays praecox) having kernels that upon exposure to heat burst open to form a white starchy mass; also : the kernels especially after popping

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First Known Use of popcorn

1823

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popcorn

adjective

Definition of popcorn

: having widespread appeal but usually offering little artistic merit or intellectual stimulation
  • popcorn movies

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First Known Use of popcorn

1950

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POPCORN Defined for English Language Learners

popcorn

Definition of popcorn for English Language Learners

  • : corn in the form of hard yellow seeds that burst open and become soft and white when they are heated


POPCORN Defined for Kids

popcorn

noun pop·corn \ ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn \

Definition of popcorn for Students

1 : corn whose kernels burst open when exposed to high heat to form white or yellowish puffy pieces
2 : the kernels after popping


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