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zein

[zee-in] /ˈzi ɪn/
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a soft, yellow powder of simple proteins obtained from corn, used chiefly in the manufacture of textile fibers, plastics, and paper coatings.
2.
a synthetic fiber produced from this protein.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Neo-Latin Ze(a) the maize genus (Latin: emmer < Greek zeiá barley, wheat; cognate with Sanskrit yáva grain) + -in2
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zein

/ˈziːɪn/
noun
1.
a protein of the prolamine group occurring in maize and used in the manufacture of plastics, paper coatings, adhesives, etc
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin zēa maize, from Latin: a kind of grain, from Greek zeia barley
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Word Origin and History for zein
n.

1822, from zea, Late Latin name for "spelt," from Greek zeia.

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