roasting ear

  1. an ear of sweet corn suitable for roasting while still in the husk.
  2. Midland and Southern U.S. an ear of sweet corn ripe enough to be boiled and eaten on the cob.

Origin of roasting ear

An Americanism dating back to 1640–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of roasting ear

  • The young ones'd be flying by roasting-ear time--and in fall the sloughs was black with ducks and geese.

    The Covered Wagon

    Emerson Hough

  • Soon, thereafter, the green corn or roasting-ear came into season, and I heard no more of the scurvy.

  • When the katydid (tsĭkĭkĭ′) is heard a little later they say, “Katydid has brought the roasting-ear bread.”

  • In short, there had never before been seen, in that neighbourhood, a roasting-ear patch quite as vigorous.

    The Bishop and the Boogerman

    Joel Chandler Harris