[ meyz ]
/ meɪz /


(chiefly in British and technical usage) corn1(def 1).
a pale yellow resembling the color of corn.

Origin of maize

1545–55; < Spanish maíz < Hispaniolan Taino mahís

Can be confused

maize maze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maize


/ (meɪz) /


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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