maize

[meyz]
noun
1.
(chiefly in British and technical usage) corn1 ( def 1 ).
2.
a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.

Origin:
1545–55; < Spanish maíz < Hispaniolan Taino mahís

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

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maize
1555, from Cuban Sp. maiz, from Arawakan (Haiti) mahiz.
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Example sentences
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.
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