zein

[zee-in]
noun
  1. Biochemistry. a soft, yellow powder of simple proteins obtained from corn, used chiefly in the manufacture of textile fibers, plastics, and paper coatings.
  2. a synthetic fiber produced from this protein.

Origin of zein

1815–25; < New Latin Ze(a) the maize genus (Latin: emmer < Greek zeiá barley, wheat; cognate with Sanskrit yáva grain) + -in2
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zein

noun
  1. a protein of the prolamine group occurring in maize and used in the manufacture of plastics, paper coatings, adhesives, etc

Word Origin for zein

C19: from New Latin zēa maize, from Latin: a kind of grain, from Greek zeia barley
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Word Origin and History for zein
n.

1822, from zea, Late Latin name for "spelt," from Greek zeia.

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