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maize

[ meyz ]
/ meɪz /
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noun
(chiefly in British and technical usage) corn1 (def. 1).
a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.
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Origin of maize

First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish maíz, from Taíno (Hispaniola) mahís

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maize

maize , maze
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British Dictionary definitions for maize

maize
/ (meɪz) /

noun
Also called: Indian corn
  1. a tall annual grass, Zea mays, cultivated for its yellow edible grains, which develop on a spike
  2. the grain of this plant, used for food, fodder, and as a source of oilUsual US and Canadian name: corn See also sweet corn
  1. a yellow colour
  2. (as modifier)a maize gown

Word Origin for maize

C16: from Spanish maiz, from Taino mahiz
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