Also called Indian corn; especially technical and British, 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.
the grain, seeds, or kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder.
the ears of this plant.
the edible seed of certain other cereal plants, especially wheat in England and oats in Scotland.
the plants themselves.
Informal. old-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a joke, a story, or music.
verb (used with object)
to preserve and season with salt in grains.
to preserve and season with brine.
to granulate, as gunpowder.
to plant (land) with corn.
to feed with corn.
a horny induration or callosity of the epidermis, usually with a central core, formed especially on the toes or feet and caused by undue pressure or friction.
a combining form meaning “having a horn,” of the kind specified by the initial element:
Also called Indian corn, British equivalent maize
short for corn whisky
(slang) an idea, song, etc, regarded as banal or sentimental
(archaic or dialect) any hard particle or grain
to feed (animals) with corn, esp oats
to plant corn on
a hardening or thickening of the skin around a central point in the foot, caused by pressure or friction
(Brit, informal) tread on someone’s corns, to offend or hurt someone by touching on a sensitive subject or encroaching on his privileges
“grain,” Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurnam “small seed” (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon korn “grain,” Middle Dutch coren, German Korn, Old Norse korn, Gothic kaurn), from PIE root *gre-no- “grain” (cf. Old Church Slavonic zruno “grain,” Latin granum “seed,” Lithuanian žirnis “pea”). The sense of the Old English word was “grain with the seed still in” (e.g. barleycorn) rather than a particular plant.
Locally understood to denote the leading crop of a district. Restricted to the indigenous “maize” in America (c.1600, originally Indian corn, but the adjective was dropped), usually wheat in England, oats in Scotland and Ireland, while Korn means “rye” in parts of Germany. Maize was introduced to China by 1550, it thrived where rice did not grow well and was a significant factor in the 18th century population boom there. Cornflakes first recorded 1907. Corned beef so called for the “corns” or grains of salt with which it is preserved; from verb corn “to salt” (1560s).
“hardening of skin,” early 15c., from Old French corne (13c.) “horn (of an animal),” later, “corn on the foot,” from Latin cornu “horn” (see horn (n.)).
corn 2 (kôrn)
A small conical callosity caused by pressure over a bony prominence, usually on a toe. Also called clavus, heloma.
[second sense probably from the notion of cornfed as indicating rural simplicity and naivete]
The word so rendered (dagan) in Gen. 27:28, 37, Num. 18:27, Deut. 28:51, Lam. 2:12, is a general term representing all the commodities we usually describe by the words corn, grain, seeds, peas, beans. With this corresponds the use of the word in John 12:24. In Gen. 41:35, 49, Prov. 11:26, Joel 2:24 (“wheat”), the word thus translated (bar; i.e., “winnowed”) means corn purified from chaff. With this corresponds the use of the word in the New Testament (Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17; Acts 7:12). In Ps. 65:13 it means “growing corn.” In Gen. 42:1, 2, 19, Josh. 9:14, Neh. 10:31 (“victuals”), the word (sheber; i.e., “broken,” i.e., grist) denotes generally victuals, provisions, and corn as a principal article of food. From the time of Solomon, corn began to be exported from Palestine (Ezek. 27:17; Amos 8:5). “Plenty of corn” was a part of Issac’s blessing conferred upon Jacob (Gen. 27:28; comp. Ps. 65:13).
[kawr-ney-shuh s] /kɔrˈneɪ ʃəs/ adjective 1. belonging to the Cornaceae, the dogwood family of plants. /kɔːˈneɪʃəs/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Cornaceae, a family of temperate plants, mostly trees and shrubs, including dogwood, cornel, and spotted laurel See laurel (sense 5)
[kawrn-bawl] /ˈkɔrnˌbɔl/ noun 1. popcorn rolled into a ball and flavored with molasses or caramel. 2. Informal. adjective 3. Informal. 1 (def 2). /ˈkɔːnˌbɔːl/ noun 1. a person given to mawkish or unsophisticated behaviour adjective 2. another word for corny adjective : Where did you get those cornball notions? noun A person who admires or […]
noun 1. corned beef.
noun 1. a region in the midwestern U.S., especially Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, excellent for raising corn and cornfed livestock.