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corn

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[ kawrn ]
/ kɔrn /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of corn

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First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch koren, Old Norse korn, German Korn, Gothic kaúrn; akin to Russian zernó, Latin grānum grain

Other definitions for corn (2 of 4)

corn2
[ kawrn ]
/ kɔrn /

noun Pathology.
a horny induration or callosity of the epidermis, usually with a central core, formed especially on the toes or feet and caused by undue pressure or friction.

Origin of corn

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First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English corn(e), from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin cornū horn (hence a horny hardening of the cuticle); see origin at cornu

Other definitions for corn (3 of 4)

-corn

a combining form meaning “having a horn,” of the kind specified by the initial element: longicorn.

Origin of -corn

Representing Latin -cornis horned

Other definitions for corn (4 of 4)

Corn.

abbreviation
Cornish.
Cornwall.
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British Dictionary definitions for corn (1 of 2)

corn1
/ (kɔːn) /

noun
verb (tr)

Word Origin for corn

Old English corn; related to Old Norse, Old High German corn, Gothic kaúrn, Latin grānum, Sanskrit jīrná fragile

British Dictionary definitions for corn (2 of 2)

corn2
/ (kɔːn) /

noun
a hardening or thickening of the skin around a central point in the foot, caused by pressure or friction
tread on someone's corns British informal to offend or hurt someone by touching on a sensitive subject or encroaching on his privileges

Word Origin for corn

C15: from Old French corne horn, from Latin cornū
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