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[meyz] /meɪz/
(chiefly in British and technical usage) corn1 (def 1).
a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.
Origin of maize
Hispaniolan Taino
1545-55; < Spanish maíz < Hispaniolan Taino mahís
Can be confused
maize, maze. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maize
  • Diversion of maize and other crops to biofuel production.
  • Anyone caught moving more than a couple of bags of maize is liable to be arrested.
  • The results of scientific research from nuclear physics to maize genetics are a matter of national pride.
  • Some drink the local special, jet-five, so called because the fermentation of maize and sorghum is sped up with pilfered jet fuel.
  • The combined detective work of botanists, geneticists and archaeologists has been able to identify the wild ancestor of maize.
  • It also scrapped tariffs on maize imports until the end of the year.
  • Children stay in school longer and, with a bowl of maize and beans in their belly, are able to concentrate.
  • Squatter families move into these forests to grow their patches of millet and maize.
  • But the nomads do not want to remain permanently dependent on handouts, so many have settled down and started to grow maize.
  • The semi-nomadic clan moves between four or five widely dispersed huts as their maize and manioc crops come into season, and it.
British Dictionary definitions for maize


Also called Indian corn
  1. a tall annual grass, Zea mays, cultivated for its yellow edible grains, which develop on a spike
  2. the grain of this plant, used for food, fodder, and as a source of oil Usual US and Canadian name corn See also sweet corn
  1. a yellow colour
  2. (as modifier): a maize gown
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish maiz, from Taino mahiz
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Word Origin and History for maize

1550s, from Cuban Spanish maiz, from Arawakan (Haiti) mahiz.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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