- a tall grass, Zea mexicana, of Mexico and Central America, closely related to corn, and sometimes cultivated as a fodder plant.
Origin of teosinte
1875–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl teōcintli, equivalent to teō(tl) god + cintli dried ear of maize
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Examples from the Web for teosinte
- a tall Central American annual grass, Euchlaena mexicana, related to maize and grown for forage in the southern US
C19: from Nahuatl teocentli, from teotl god + centli dry ear of corn