[ pop-kawrn ]
/ ˈpɒpˌkɔrn /


any of several varieties of corn whose kernels burst open and puff out when subjected to dry heat.
popped corn.

Origin of popcorn

1810–20, Americanism; short for popped corn. See pop1, -ed2, corn1
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British Dictionary definitions for popcorn


/ (ˈpɒpˌkɔːn) /


a variety of maize having hard pointed kernels that puff up when heated
the puffed edible kernels of this plant

Word Origin for popcorn

C19: so called because of the noise the grains make when they swell up and burst on heating
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