corn: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kôrn), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleda tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the grain, seeds, or kernels on large ears.
  2. the grain, seeds, or kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder.
  3. the ears of this plant.
  4. the edible seed of certain other cereal plants, esp. wheat in England and oats in Scotland.
  5. the plants themselves.
  6. sweet corn.
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  9. old-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a joke, a story, or music.
  1. to preserve and season with salt in grains.
  2. to preserve and season with brine.
  3. to granulate, as gunpowder.
  4. to plant (land) with corn.
  5. to feed with corn.


Pronunciation: (kôrn), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. a 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.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “having a horn,” of the kind specified by the initial element: longicorn.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Cornish.
  2. Cornwall.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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