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

  • n. A prolamine protein derived from corn, used in the manufacture of various plastics, coatings, and lacquers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protein derived from corn / maize, having many industrial applications.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nitrogenous substance of the nature of gluten, obtained from the seeds of Indian corn (Zea) as a soft, yellowish, amorphous substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A proteid obtained from maize, said to be allied to gluten. It has a yellowish color, and is soft, insipid, and elastic. It differs essentially from the gluten of wheat. Also zeine.

Etymologies

New Latin Zēa, corn genus (from Latin zēa, emmer, from Greek zeia, one-seeded wheat, barley) + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin zea (“orn genus”) + -in (Wiktionary)

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