nubbin

[nuhb-in]
noun
1.
a small lump or stunted piece; stub.
2.
a small or imperfect ear of corn.
3.
an undeveloped fruit.

Origin:
1685–95, Americanism; perhaps nub + -in, variant of -ing1

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nubbin (ˈnʌbɪn)
 
n
chiefly (US), (Canadian) something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn
 
[C19: diminutive of nub]

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nubbin
"dwarfed or imperfect ear of corn," 1692, Amer.Eng. dim. of nub (q.v.).
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Example sentences
One or more broken wire at the base of a poured nubbin or end fitting.
Remove the white nubbin and start the pump at a slow pump.
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