Definitions for maizemeɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

maizemeɪz(n.)

  1. Category: Plants

    Ref: corn1 (def. 1). 1 1 1

  2. a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.

Origin of maize:

1545–55; < Sp maíz < Taino mahís

Princeton's WordNet

  1. corn, maize, Indian corn, Zea mays(noun)

    tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times

  2. gamboge, lemon, lemon yellow, maize(noun)

    a strong yellow color

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. maize(noun)ɪz

    corn

Wiktionary

  1. maize(Noun)

    corn; a type of grain of the species Zea mays

  2. Origin: From maíz, from maisí, mahis (variously spelled).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maize(noun)

    a large species of American grass of the genus Zea (Z. Mays), widely cultivated as a forage and food plant; Indian corn. Also, its seed, growing on cobs, and used as food for men animals

Freebase

  1. Maize

    Maize, known in some English-speaking countries as corn, is a large grain plant domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica in prehistoric times. The leafy stalk produces ears which contain the grain, which are seeds called kernels. Maize kernels are used in cooking as a starch. The Olmec and Mayans cultivated it in numerous varieties throughout Mesoamerica, cooked, ground or processed through nixtamalization. Beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of the Americas. The region developed a trade network based on surplus and varieties of maize crops. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, explorers and traders carried maize back to Europe and introduced it to other countries. Maize spread to the rest of the world because of its ability to grow in diverse climates. Sugar-rich varieties called sweet corn are usually grown for human consumption, while field corn varieties are used for animal feed and as chemical feedstocks. Maize is the most widely grown grain crop throughout the Americas, with 332 million metric tons grown annually in the United States alone. Approximately 40% of the crop — 130 million tons — is used for corn ethanol. Transgenic maize made up 85% of the maize planted in the United States in 2009.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

maize(noun)

(American corn, ~Indian corn ) an important cereal, grown especially in America.

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