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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Zēa, corn genus (from Latin zēa, emmer, from Greek zeia, one-seeded wheat, barley; see yewo- in Indo-European roots) + –in.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

New Latin zea (“orn genus”) + -in

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