zea

noun \ˈzēə\

Definition of zea

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 plural -s :  the fresh styles and stigmas of Indian corn formerly used as a diuretic

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Origin and Etymology of zea

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


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