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  • adj. consisting of grains; granulated
  • adj. preserved in salt

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, horned; provided with horns.

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  • adj. (used especially of meat) cured in brine


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  • The use of the term corned comes from the fact that the Middle English word corn could refer to grains of salt as well as cereal grains.

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  • But having corned beef only in the American column clearly implies that Brits call corned beef salt beef, which we don't, so it'll have to come out, I'm afraid, salt beef being (to judge from the pictures) similar, but not the same.

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  • However, the labels won't apply to meat or produce that has been cooked or processed, such as corned beef and sausage.

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  • As a proof Of this, one evening, as I sat outside the cabin, reading, a young man, slightly "corned," or overtaken in his drink, accosted me abruptly -

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  • We found him standing on a table in a saloon, with an old tin lantern in one hand and the school report in the other, haranguing a gang of "corned" miners on the iniquity of squandering the public money on education "when hundreds and hundreds of honest, hard-working men were literally starving for whiskey."

    Mark Twain`s speeches; with an introduction by William Dean Howells.

  • Sometimes on the little bench around the eucalyptus tree he would run an entire five-thousand-foot program feature, beginning with the Sunday midday dinner of roast chicken, and abounding in tense dramatic moments such as corned-beef and cabbage on Tuesday night, and corned-beef hash on Wednesday morning.

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  • Salt ( "corned") beef has always been a main article of food with seamen everywhere.

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  • - [From Elizabeth Fairleigh] Which wines go best with the "green food" that we'll enjoy on St. Patrick's Day, such as corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew?

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  • The restaurant sells Italian beef, Chicago-style hot dogs and sandwiches such as corned beef pastrami and Reubens.

  • Any cut of beef can be "corned" (corn was originally a generic term for grain, deriving from the same root as kernel and grain; corning beef referred to curing beef with grains of salt, McGee, page 477, thanks to Patrick for his corrective comment).

    Michael Ruhlman


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  • A heraldry term.

    December 13, 2010

  • "Corn" seems to come from the Old English word for "grain," and the definition of "salted" for "corned" seems to derive from using granulated salt--i.e., salt that looks and is shaped like grain--to preserve something, especially meat. Probably the American use of "corn" to refer to the food that was named "maize" came from new Americans regarding maize to be the native staple grain, or "corn." Apparently in Scotland "corn" is oats and elsewhere it's wheat.

    April 2, 2009