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[meyz] /meɪz/
(chiefly in British and technical usage) corn1 (def 1).
a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.
Origin of maize
Hispaniolan Taino
1545-55; < Spanish maíz < Hispaniolan Taino mahís
Can be confused
maize, maze. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maize
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Historical Examples
  • The ground, embraced by the spurs, was filled with crops of maize and barley.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • They cannot compare favourably with children fed on oatmeal, maize, and milk.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Her mother and her sister are yet there in that place where the maize is planted.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He sank on a heap of maize straw in a corner, and sighed profoundly.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • We began by sowing the cotton, then the fields of millet, maize, and beans.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • At that date wheat was at a hundred, maize and barley at eighty.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Indian corn, or maize, or Turkish wheat, is one of the finest of cereals.

    No Animal Food Rupert H. Wheldon
  • The meaning of the root uah is maize cakes, or, more generally, bread.

  • Think we live in tents and eat jerked venison and maize, huh?

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for maize


Also called Indian corn
  1. a tall annual grass, Zea mays, cultivated for its yellow edible grains, which develop on a spike
  2. the grain of this plant, used for food, fodder, and as a source of oil Usual US and Canadian name corn See also sweet corn
  1. a yellow colour
  2. (as modifier): a maize gown
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish maiz, from Taino mahiz
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for maize

1550s, from Cuban Spanish maiz, from Arawakan (Haiti) mahiz.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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