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Indian corn

[cf. Brit, corn grain; maize was origin-ally called Indian wheat (obs. → 1746 DAE) and Indian corn (1621→ . DAE) to distinguish it from other grains; in the US the latter was shortened to corn] n. maize, Zea mays, as distinguished from GUINEA CORN: 1785 100 Bushels Indian corn (Bahama Gazette). Indian corn is red and bigger than guinea corn (San Sal.), (Black)

Tags: agriculture, food, noun, plant

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Last update: 2010-10-27 00:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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