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roasting ear

an ear of sweet corn suitable for roasting while still in the husk.
Midland and Southern U.S. an ear of sweet corn ripe enough to be boiled and eaten on the cob.
Origin of roasting ear
1640-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the katydid (tsĭkĭkĭ′) is heard a little later they say, “Katydid has brought the roasting-ear bread.”

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • Soon, thereafter, the green corn or roasting-ear came into season, and I heard no more of the scurvy.

  • The young ones'd be flying by roasting-ear time--and in fall the sloughs was black with ducks and geese.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • In short, there had never before been seen, in that neighbourhood, a roasting-ear patch quite as vigorous.

    The Bishop and the Boogerman Joel Chandler Harris

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