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maize

[meyz] /meɪz/
noun
1.
(chiefly in British and technical usage) corn1 (def 1).
2.
a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.
Origin of maize
Hispaniolan Taino
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish maíz < Hispaniolan Taino mahís
Can be confused
maize, maze.
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maize

/meɪz/
noun
1.
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
2.
  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
n.

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

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