1 [kawrn]
Also called Indian corn; especially technical and British, maize. a tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the grain, seeds, or kernels on large ears.
the grain, seeds, or kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder.
the ears of this plant.
the edible seed of certain other cereal plants, especially wheat in England and oats in Scotland.
the plants themselves.
Skiing. corn snow.
Informal. old-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a joke, a story, or music.
verb (used with object)
to preserve and season with salt in grains.
to preserve and season with brine.
to granulate, as gunpowder.
to plant (land) with corn.
to feed with corn.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch koren, Old Norse korn, German Korn, Gothic kaúrn; akin to Latin grānum grain, Russian zernó Unabridged


2 [kawrn]
noun Pathology.
a horny induration or callosity of the epidermis, usually with a central core, formed especially on the toes or feet and caused by undue pressure or friction.

1375–1425; late Middle English corne < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin cornū horn, hence a horny hardening of the cuticle. See cornu


a combining form meaning “having a horn,” of the kind specified by the initial element: longicorn.

representing Latin -cornis horned

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corn1 (kɔːn)
1.  (Brit)
 a.  any of various cereal plants, esp the predominant crop of a region, such as wheat in England and oats in Scotland and Ireland
 b.  the seeds of such plants, esp after harvesting
 c.  a single seed of such plants; a grain
2.  Also called: Indian corn, British equivalent: maize
 a.  a tall annual grass, Zea mays, cultivated for its yellow edible grains, which develop on a spike
 b.  sweet corn See also popcorn the grain of this plant, used for food, fodder, and as a source of oil
3.  a.  the plants producing these kinds of grain considered as a growing crop: spring corn
 b.  (in combination): a cornfield
4.  short for corn whisky
5.  slang an idea, song, etc, regarded as banal or sentimental
6.  archaic, dialect or any hard particle or grain
7.  to feed (animals) with corn, esp oats
8.  a.  to preserve in brine
 b.  to salt
9.  to plant corn on
[Old English corn; related to Old Norse, Old High German corn, Gothic kaúrn, Latin grānum, Sanskrit jīrná fragile]

corn2 (kɔːn)
1.  a hardening or thickening of the skin around a central point in the foot, caused by pressure or friction
2.  informal (Brit) tread on someone's corns to offend or hurt someone by touching on a sensitive subject or encroaching on his privileges
[C15: from Old French corne horn, from Latin cornū]

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Word Origin & History

"grain," O.E. corn, from P.Gmc. *kurnam "small seed," from PIE base *ger- "wear away" (O.Slav. zruno "grain," Skt. jr- "to wear down," L. granum). The sense of the O.E. word was "grain with the seed still in" rather than a particular plant. Locally understood to denote the leading crop of a district.
Restricted to corn on the cob in America (originally Indian corn, but the adjective was dropped), usually wheat in England, oats in Scotland and Ireland, while korn means "rye" in parts of Germany. Introduced to China by 1550, it thrived where rice did not grow well and was a significant factor in the 18th century population boom there. Cornflakes first recorded 1907. Corned beef so called for the "corns" or grains of salt with which it is preserved.

"hardening of skin," c.1440, from O.Fr. corn "horn," later, "corn on the foot," from L. cornu "horn" (see horn).
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Medical Dictionary

corn 2 (kôrn)
A small conical callosity caused by pressure over a bony prominence, usually on a toe. Also called clavus, heloma.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Cornish

  2. Cornwall

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Corn definition

The word so rendered (dagan) in Gen. 27:28, 37, Num. 18:27, Deut. 28:51, Lam. 2:12, is a general term representing all the commodities we usually describe by the words corn, grain, seeds, peas, beans. With this corresponds the use of the word in John 12:24. In Gen. 41:35, 49, Prov. 11:26, Joel 2:24 ("wheat"), the word thus translated (bar; i.e., "winnowed") means corn purified from chaff. With this corresponds the use of the word in the New Testament (Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17; Acts 7:12). In Ps. 65:13 it means "growing corn." In Gen. 42:1, 2, 19, Josh. 9:14, Neh. 10:31 ("victuals"), the word (sheber; i.e., "broken," i.e., grist) denotes generally victuals, provisions, and corn as a principal article of food. From the time of Solomon, corn began to be exported from Palestine (Ezek. 27:17; Amos 8:5). "Plenty of corn" was a part of Issac's blessing conferred upon Jacob (Gen. 27:28; comp. Ps. 65:13).

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Example sentences
It's easy to get nicely browned, super-crunchy corn on a stove.
US manufacturers are exploring an innovative way of making clothing, furniture
  upholstery, and other products from corn.
The environmental case for ethanol from corn continues to weaken.
Corn is one of the plant kingdom's biggest successes.
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