Definitions

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.

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  • 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

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) + -in.

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New Latin zea (“orn genus”) + -in

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