teosinte

[tee-uh-sin-tee, tey-]
noun
a tall grass, Zea mexicana, of Mexico and Central America, closely related to corn, and sometimes cultivated as a fodder plant.

Origin:
1875–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl teōcintli, equivalent to teō(tl) god + cintli dried ear of maize

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teosinte (ˌtiːəʊˈsɪntɪ)
 
n
a tall Central American annual grass, Euchlaena mexicana, related to maize and grown for forage in the southern US
 
[C19: from Nahuatl teocentli, from teotl god + centli dry ear of corn]

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Teosinte is the closest wild relative of maize and may be a source of useful genes for domesticated corn.
Linkage mapping of domestication loci in a large maize-teosinte backcross resource.
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