- ears or kernels of corn set apart as seed.
Origin of seed corn
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for seed corn
Therefore let the seed-corn of knowledge be planted rather than eaten.
This house makes a specialty of seed-corn and we believe that they will do what they say they will.
"That was a poor chap I promised to buy some seed-corn for," Halse went on, hastily.
Much incensed, I retorted by asking him whether he had paid for that seed-corn.
But I had begun to doubt that the money was to pay for a poor farmer's seed-corn.
- the good quality ears or kernels of corn that are used as seed
- assets or investments that are expected to provide profits in the future
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