- any of several varieties of corn, especially Zea mays rugosa, the grain or kernels of which are sweet and suitable for eating.
- Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. the young and tender ears of corn, especially when used as a table vegetable.
Origin of sweet corn
An Americanism dating back to 1640–50
Also called green corn.
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Examples from the Web for sweet corn
Sweet-corn seed often decays if put into the ground as early as field-corn.ABC of Vegetable Gardening
Eben Eugene Rexford
One morning the boy Frank came in with a basket of sweet-corn on his arm, and a bad scowl on his countenance.
About this bunch he sunk traps in the ground, and threw hay-seed over them, and placed nice ears of sweet-corn beside them.
The first thing I saw, on looking up at the sound of footsteps, was the said nose coming toward me, among the sweet-corn tassels.
- Also called: sugar corn, green corn a variety of maize, Zea mays saccharata, whose kernels are rich in sugar and eaten as a vegetable when young
- the unripe ears of maize, esp the sweet kernels removed from the cob, cooked as a vegetable
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