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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corn, maize, Indian corn, Zea maysnoun

    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, maizenoun

    a strong yellow color


  1. maizenoun

    corn; a type of grain of the species Zea mays

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maize ornoun

    Indian Wheat. The whole maize plant has the appearance of a reed; the male flowers are produced at remote distances from the fruit on the same plant, growing generally in a spike upon the top of the stalk; the female flowers are produced from the wings of the leaves, and are surrounded by three or four leaves, which closely adhere to the fruit until it is ripe: this plant is propagated in England only as a curiosity, but in America it is the principal support of the inhabitants, and consequently propagated with great care. Philip Miller

    Maize affords a very strong nourishment, but more viscous than wheat. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maizenoun

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. maize

    Indian corn, an article of extensive commerce in many countries. In Italy it is called Turkey grain and grano d'India; in America simply corn, all other grains retaining their distinctive names.

Editors Contribution

  1. maize

    A type of cultivar, plant, and seed.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on April 18, 2016  

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  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

Examples of maize in a Sentence

  1. Jurie Mentz:

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

  2. Laurentiu Baciu:

    It's common sense that any maize farmer, be it in Spain or in Portugal or in Romania, would like to reduce production costs and eventually reap a bigger harvest.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Thinking negatively rather than positively is synonymous with sowing tares and yet expecting to harvest maize or corn someday. Yes! that is just what it is like. Therefore, introspect your thoughts and then think positively at all times and never negatively. -Emeasoba George

  4. Senzeni Zokwana:

    Maize is one of our staple foods which our people depend upon so our department would approach other funding agencies.

  5. Obert Gutu:

    ZANU-PF should be utterly ashamed of hosting an expensive birthday bash for their aging ruler whilst more than 90 percent of Zimbabweans are wallowing in grinding poverty caused by decades of Robert Mugabe's misrule and mismanagement of the economy, the money that is being budgeted for this ill-conceived birthday bash should actually be used to import maize to avert the impending starvation in Masvingo province and other parts of the country.

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