popcorn

[ pop-kawrn ]
/ ˈpɒpˌkɔrn /

noun

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

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Origin of popcorn

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

popcorn
/ (ˈpɒpˌkɔːn) /

noun

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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