American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See corn1.
- n. A variety of maize in which the kernels are variously coloured, rather than being all of the same colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) A cereal plant of the genus Zea (Zea Mays), also simply called
corn, used widely as a food; the maize, a native plant of America a primitive variety of Zea Mays having variegated kernels on each cob, in distinction from the more commonly used yellow corn; it is often used as decoration at Thanksgiving time. See Corn, and Maize.
- n. 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
“The yield of Indian corn from Charlotte Field had been huge; dozens of convict women were put to husking and scraping the grain off thousands upon thousands of cobs, and the wheat harvest had also come in much bigger than the blighting winds and gnawing grubs had promised.”
“During the Battle of Harlem Heights, when one of the men complained of being hungry, an officer reached into his pocket and took out an ear of Indian corn burnt black as coal.”
“He could eat Indian corn and maple syrup, he could skate, toboggan, and ply a paddle, he could handle a horse as well as Watkins, the stableman, who was heard on several occasions to remark that he could not get along without the boy.”
“Secrecy was maintained, rather to his surprise; the cut cane and some ears of Indian corn simply vanished to presses and hand querns at the distillery.”
“Meanwhile some Indian corn has been roasted by a peculiar process, so that the grains have swelled up to the size of thimbles; they are mixed with a lot of silver coins, and the whole conglomeration is then scattered over the child's head, young brothers and sisters making a tremendous rush for the spoils.”
“The infinite variety of forms into which the Indian corn can be transmuted by an intelligent cook was a revelation to most of Mrs. Rorer's hearers.”
“Shiploads of Indian corn had been landed, and public works for the help of the destitute established up and down the country.”
“A long rifle is hung over the mantle-piece, and from the beams are suspended heads of Indian corn for seed; by them, tied in bunches, or in paper bags, is a complete "hortus siccus" of herbs and roots for medicinal as well as culinary purposes.”
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