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[tee-uh-sin-tee, tey-] /ˌti əˈsɪn ti, ˌteɪ-/
a tall grass, Zea mexicana, of Mexico and Central America, closely related to corn, and sometimes cultivated as a fodder plant.
Origin of teosinte
1875-80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl teōcintli, equivalent to teō(tl) god + cintli dried ear of maize Unabridged
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  • First among these is the teosinte Reana (Euchlacna luxurians).

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  • This grass grows much like teosinte, but is stouter and very much more leafy.

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British Dictionary definitions for teosinte


a tall Central American annual grass, Euchlaena mexicana, related to maize and grown for forage in the southern US
Word Origin
C19: from Nahuatl teocentli, from teotl god + centli dry ear of corn
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