teosinte

noun
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

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 28 Feb. 2021.

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