Plant BiologyAlso called Indian corn; esp. technical and Brit.,maize. a tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the grain, seeds, or kernels on large ears.
Plant Biologythe grain, seeds, or kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder.
Plant Biologythe ears of this plant.
Plant Biologythe edible seed of certain other cereal plants, esp. wheat in England and oats in Scotland.
Plant Biologythe plants themselves.
Plant Biologysweet corn.
WineSee corn whiskey.
Sport[Skiing.]See corn snow.
Informal Termsold-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a joke, a story, or music.
Foodto preserve and season with salt in grains.
Foodto preserve and season with brine.
to granulate, as gunpowder.
Agricultureto plant (land) with corn.
to feed with corn.
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch koren, Old Norse korn, German Korn, Gothic kaúrn; akin to Latin grānumgrain, Russian zernó
Pathologya horny induration or callosity of the epidermis, usually with a central core, formed esp. on the toes or feet and caused by undue pressure or friction.
Latin cornūhorn, hence a horny hardening of the cuticle. See cornu
Anglo-French, Middle French
late Middle English corne 1375–1425
a combining form meaning "having a horn,'' of the kind specified by the initial element:longicorn.