te·​o·​sin·​te | \ ˌtā-ō-ˈsin-tē How to pronounce teosinte (audio) \

Definition of teosinte

: any of several tall annual or perennial grasses (genus Zea) of Mexico and Central America that have small dark triangular seeds and include two species (Z. mays parviglumis and Z. m. mexicana synonym Z. mexicana) which are closely related to and often considered ancestral to corn

Examples of teosinte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Silky Cheyenne River bison is topped with dollops of duck egg aioli, turnip crisps, dandelion wild rice and aronia berry and served with teosinte (a precursor to corn) crackers. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of teosinte

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teosinte

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl teōcintli, from teōtl god + cintli dried ears of maize

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“Teosinte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teosinte. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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