from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See corn1.
  • n. A light yellow to moderate orange yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Corn; a type of grain of the species Zea mays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cereal plant, Zea Mays, of the grass family; the Indian corn.
  • n. The grain produced by the maize: Indian Corn.
  • n. A coal-tar color, the sodium salt of the disulphonic acid of azoxy-stilbene. It dyes silk and wool reddish-yellow in an acid bath. Also called sun-yellow.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong yellow color
  • 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


Spanish maíz, from Arawakan mahiz, mahís.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish maíz, from Taino maisí, mahis (variously spelled). (Wiktionary)


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  • Cf. muffinhood.

    August 15, 2010

  • Haha! That reminds me of one of my Dad's jokes, which ends with someone asking a pirate, "Where are your buccaneers?"

    "Under me buckin' hat," he replies.


    September 26, 2008

  • Q. How much does it cost to buy corn from a pirate?

    A. A buck an ear.

    September 26, 2008