What does maize mean?

Definitions for maizemeɪz

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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


  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

  2. Origin: [Sp. maiz. fr. mahiz or mahis, is the language of the Island of Haiti.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maize

    māz, n. a plant, and its fruit, called also Indian corn or wheat. [Sp.,—Haitian.]

Editors Contribution

  1. maize

    A type of seed and plant cultivated in a variety of species and used for a variety of purposes.

    Maize is an edible type of human food and is also used to make chemicals, bio-fuel and for ornamental purposes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maize in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Many people sow rice in their fields and expect to harvest maize.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    In a maize field choose to be a flower. In a garden of daises choose to be a rose.

  3. Himelda Tumbo:

    Unlike maize, orange potato can brave most conditions and is also resistant to rust diseases.

  4. Jurie Mentz:

    Most of the guys in the project used to grow maize for household consumption. Now they are making money as well.

  5. Luigi Guarino:

    A lot of people in south and east Africa will have to move away from maize, which is the main staple at the moment.

Images & Illustrations of maize

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