popcorn

[ pop-kawrn ]
/ ˈpɒpˌkɔrn /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pop-shop,
  2. pop-top,
  3. pop-up,
  4. pop.,
  5. popayán,
  6. popcorn flower,
  7. popcorn movie,
  8. pope,
  9. pope's eye,
  10. pope's nose

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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Word Origin and History for popcorn

popcorn

n.

1819, from pop (v.) + corn (n.1).

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