capitalized : a genus of large grasses having broad ribbon-shaped leaves and monoecious flowers of which the staminate forms an ample terminal panicle and the pistillate is in a sessile axillary spike enveloped by numerous bracts see indian corn
plural -s : the fresh styles and stigmas of Indian corn formerly used as a diuretic

Word History


New Latin, from Greek zea, zeia single-grained wheat; akin to Sanskrit yava barley

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“Zea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zea. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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