- an ear of sweet corn suitable for roasting while still in the husk.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
Soon, thereafter, the green corn or roasting-ear came into season, and I heard no more of the scurvy.The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete
William T. Sherman
When the katydid (tsĭkĭkĭ′) is heard a little later they say, “Katydid has brought the roasting-ear bread.”Myths of the Cherokee
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