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seed corn

ears or kernels of corn set apart as seed.
Origin of seed corn
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We've traded our seed corn for corn liquor and the road back to sober, honest prosperity is quite painful.
  • But allowing talented and knowledgeable people to play with what they know is the seed corn.
  • The change from open-pollinated to high-yield hybrid seed corn is a blessing and a curse.
British Dictionary definitions for seed corn

seed corn

the good quality ears or kernels of corn that are used as seed
assets or investments that are expected to provide profits in the future
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