[ tee-uh-sin-tee, tey- ]
/ ˌti əˈsɪn ti, ˌteɪ- /
a tall grass, Zea mexicana, of Mexico and Central America, closely related to corn, and sometimes cultivated as a fodder plant.
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Origin of teosinte
1875–80; <Mexican Spanish <Nahuatl teōcintli, equivalent to teō(tl) god + cintli dried ear of maize
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British Dictionary definitions for teosinte
/ (ˌtiːəʊˈsɪntɪ) /
a tall Central American annual grass, Euchlaena mexicana, related to maize and grown for forage in the southern US
Word Origin for teosinte
C19: from Nahuatl teocentli, from teotl god + centli dry ear of corn
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