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seed corn

noun
  1. ears or kernels of corn set apart as seed.
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Origin of seed corn

First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for seed corn

Historical Examples

  • Therefore let the seed-corn of knowledge be planted rather than eaten.

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  • This house makes a specialty of seed-corn and we believe that they will do what they say they will.

  • "That was a poor chap I promised to buy some seed-corn for," Halse went on, hastily.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • But I had begun to doubt that the money was to pay for a poor farmer's seed-corn.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • Much incensed, I retorted by asking him whether he had paid for that seed-corn.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for seed corn

seed corn

noun
  1. the good quality ears or kernels of corn that are used as seed
  2. assets or investments that are expected to provide profits in the future
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