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Indian corn

noun
  1. corn1(def 1).
  2. any primitive corn with variegated kernels, often used for decorative purposes.
  3. any coarse variety of corn grown for fodder.
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Origin of Indian corn

An Americanism dating back to 1610–20
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Historical Examples of indian corn

  • These Indian-corn words have reached an accepted meaning after a competition.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster

    Edward Eggleston

  • So they managed to make coffee, fry slices of side-meat, and bake a hoe-cake of Indian-corn meal.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • Indian-corn and tobacco, although called indigenous, appear to have grown only when cultivated.

  • The planters found the Indian-corn so much better for bread than wheat, that they began to quit sowing it.

  • It is generally fed upon the Indian-corn, and gentlemen kill for their own use.


British Dictionary definitions for indian corn

Indian corn

noun
  1. another name for maize (def. 1)
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