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Meaning of corn by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /kɔːn/
    • ( US ) IPA: /kɔɹn/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )n

    Etymology 1

    Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurnan, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm ( “grain; worn-down” ), neuter participle of Proto-Indo-European *ǵer- ( “to wear down” ). Cognate with Dutch koren, German Korn, Danish/Norwegian/Swedish korn; see also Russian зерно ( zerno ), Czech zrno, Latin grānum, Lithuanian žirnis and English grain .


    corn ( usually uncountable; plural: corns )

    1. ( uncountable ) A cereal plant grown for its grain, specifically the main such plant grown in a given region, such as oats in parts of Scotland and Ireland, wheat or barley in England and Wales, and maize or sweetcorn in the Americas.
    2. ( US, Canada, Australian, uncountable ) A type of grain of the species Zea mays, maize
    3. ( UK, uncountable ) A grain or seed, especially of cereal crops .
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    corn ( third-person singular simple present corns present participle corning, simple past and past participle corned )

    1. ( US, Canada ) To granulate; to form a substance into grains .
    2. ( US, Canada ) To preserve using coarse salt, e.g. corned beef
    3. ( US, Canada ) To provide with corn ( typically maize ) for feed .
      Corn the horses .

    Etymology 2

    From Old French corn ( modern French cor ) .


    corn ( plural: corns )

    1. A callus on the foot .

    Etymology 3

    This use was first used in 1932, as corny, something appealing to country folk .


    corn ( uncountable )

    1. ( US, Canada ) Something ( e.g. acting, humour, music, or writing ) which is deemed old-fashioned or intended to induce emotion.[1]
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    1. ^ "Corn ( emotion )". Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Cambridge University Press.


    Proto-Germanic *kurnan, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm ( “grain” ) .


    • IPA: /koɹn/


    corn n .

    1. corn, a grain or seed
    2. a cornlike pimple, a corn on the foot


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/09/24 17:51 UTC Version )


    Latin cornu ( “horn” )



    1. having ( such ) horns; one having ( such ) horns

Explanation of corn by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. preserve with salt

    2. corned beef
    3. feed ( cattle ) with corn

    1. something sentimental or trite

    2. that movie was pure corn
    3. ears of corn that can be prepared and served for human food

    4. whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn

    5. tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties

    6. any of various cereal plants ( especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in Great Britain or oats in Scotland and Ireland )

    7. the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal

    8. a hard thickening of the skin ( especially on the top or sides of the toes ) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes

    Definition of corn by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Corn ( kôrn ), n. [L. cornu horn: cf. F. corne horn, hornlike excrescence. See Horn.] A thickening of the epidermis at some point, esp. on the toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and troublesome.

      Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes

      Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you. Shak.

      ☞ The substance of a corn usually resembles horn, but where moisture is present, as between the toes, it is white and sodden, and is called a soft corn.

    2. Corn, n. [AS. corn; akin to OS. korn, D. koren, G., Dan., Sw., & Icel. korn, Goth. kaúrn, L. granum, Russ. zerno. Cf. Grain, Kernel.]
      1. A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain.

      2. The various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats.

      ☞ In Scotland, corn is generally restricted to oats, in the United States, to maize, or Indian corn ( see sense 3 ), and in England to wheat.

      3. a tall cereal plant ( Zea mays ) bearing its seeds as large kernels in multiple rows on the surface of a hard cylindrical ear, the core of which ( the cob ) is not edible; -- also called Indian corn and, in technical literature, maize. There are several kinds; as, yellow corn, which grows chiefly in the Northern States, and is yellow when ripe; white corn or southern corn, which grows to a great height, and has long white kernels; sweet corn, comprising a number of sweet and tender varieties, grown chiefly at the North, some of which have kernels that wrinkle when ripe and dry; pop corn, any small variety, used for popping. Corn seeds may be cooked while on the ear and eaten directly, or may be stripped from the ear and cooked subsequently. The term Indian corn is often used to refer to a primitive type of corn having kernels of varied color borne on the same cob; it is used for decoration, especially in the fall.

      4. The plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and seeds, after reaping and before thrashing.

      In one night, ere glimpse of morn,

      His shadowy flail had thrashed the corn. Milton.

      5. A small, hard particle; a grain. “Corn of sand.” Bp. Hall. “A corn of powder.” Beau. & Fl.

      Corn ball, a ball of popped corn stuck together with soft candy from molasses or sugar. -- Corn bread, bread made of Indian meal. -- Corn cake, a kind of corn bread; johnny cake; hoecake. -- Corn cockle ( Bot. ), a weed ( Agrostemma Githago syn. Lychnis Githago ), having bright flowers, common in grain fields. -- Corn flag ( Bot. ), a plant of the genus Gladiolus; -- called also sword lily. -- Corn fly. ( Zool. ) A small fly which, in the larval state, is injurious to grain, living in the stalk, and causing the disease called “gout,” on account of the swelled joints. The common European species is Chlorops tæniopus. A small fly ( Anthomyia ze ) whose larva or maggot destroys seed corn after it has been planted. -- Corn fritter, a fritter having green Indian corn mixed through its batter. [U. S.] -- Corn laws, laws regulating trade in corn, especially those in force in Great Britain till 1846, prohibiting the importation of foreign grain for home consumption, except when the price rose above a certain rate. --
      Corn marigold. ( Bot. ) See under Marigold. -- Corn oyster, a fritter containing grated green Indian corn and butter, the combined taste resembling that of oysters. [U.S.] -- Corn parsley ( Bot. ), a plant of the parsley genus ( Petroselinum segetum ), a weed in parts of Europe and Asia. -- Corn popper, a utensil used in popping corn. -- Corn poppy ( Bot. ), the red poppy ( Papaver Rhœas ), common in European cornfields; -- also called corn rose. -- Corn rent, rent paid in corn. -- Corn rose. See Corn poppy. -- Corn salad ( Bot. ), a name given to several species of Valerianella, annual herbs sometimes used for salad. Valerianella olitoria is also called lamb's lettuce. -- Corn stone, red limestone. [Prov. Eng.] -- Corn violet ( Bot. ), a species of Campanula. -- Corn weevil. ( Zool. ) A small weevil which causes great injury to grain. In America, a weevil ( Sphenophorus zeæ ) which attacks the stalk of maize near the root, often doing great damage. See Grain weevil, under Weevil.

    3. Corn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corned ( k?rnd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Corning.]
      1. To preserve and season with salt in grains; to sprinkle with salt; to cure by salting; now, specifically, to salt slightly in brine or otherwise; as, “to corn beef; to corn a tongue”.

      2. To form into small grains; to granulate; as, “to corn gunpowder”.

      3. To feed with corn or ( in Sctland ) oats; as, “to corn horses”. Jamieson.

      4. To render intoxicated; as, “ale strong enough to corn one”. [Colloq.]

      Corning house, a house or place where powder is corned or granulated.

    4. Indian corn ( Bot. ), A cereal plant of the genus Zea ( Zea Mays ), also simply called corn, used widely as a food; the maize, a native plant of America; more specifically: a primitive variety of Zea Mays having variegated kernels on each cob, in distinction from the more commonly used yellow corn; it is often used as decoration at Thanksgiving time. See Corn, and Maize.

      ☞ In modern American usage, the word corn when unmodified usually refers to yellow corn, and Indian corn refers to the variegated variety.

    5. maize ( māz ), n. [Sp. maiz. fr. mahiz or mahis, is the language of the Island of Haiti.] ( Bot. ) A large species of American grass of the genus Zea ( Zea Mays ), widely cultivated as a forage and food plant; Indian corn, commonly called corn. Also, its seed, growing on cobs, and used as food for men and animals.

      Maize eater ( Zool. ), a South American bird of the genus Pseudoleistes, allied to the troupials. -- Maize yellow, a delicate pale yellow.