maize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maize a strong yellow color
    • n maize tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Maize māz (Bot) A large species of American grass of the genus Zea Zea Mays), widely cultivated as a forage and food plant; Indian corn, commonly called corn. Also, its seed, growing on cobs, and used as food for men and animals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maize A cereal plant, Zea Mays, of the grass family; the Indian corn. In America commonly called simply corn; in Europe formerly Turkey com or Turkey wheat. For description, see Zea.
    • n maize The grain produced by the maize: Indian Corn. It appears in market either in the ear (i. e., on the cob) or shelled (i. e., removed from the cob). It is a highly nutritious food, starchy matter predominating in it. As human food it is used in various forms. (See corn-bread, hasty pudding, Indian meal, hominy, corn-starch, samp.) The immature kernels (green corn), boiled, form an excellent vegetable, and in this state maize is largely preserved by canning. Of late years Indian corn has been extensively manufactured into glucose. Maize is said to furnish food to a larger part of the human race than any other grain except rice. It is also much used for fattening cattle and swine, as well as for horses. An enormous amount is consumed in the manufacture of spirits; it is the principal grain distilled in the United States. Maize was found in cultivation over a great part of America on its discovery, and was rapidly diffused throughout the world wherever the climate was suitable to It.
    • n maize A coal-tar color, the sodium salt of the disulphonic acid of azoxy-stilbene. It dyes silk and wool reddish-yellow in an acid bath. Also called sun-yellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maize māz a plant, and its fruit, called also Indian corn or wheat.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. maiz,. fr. mahiz, or mahis, is the language of the Island of Haiti
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.,—Haitian.

Usage

In literature:

Soyera rode and slept on the maize, except in two villages, where she was able to procure a lodging for the night.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
He told them "corn-maize," and said he would shew them another way to cook it.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Her robe was made of the furs of the gayest forest animals, and her emblems were an ear of maize and the antlers of a buck.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Mr. Taylor's "Romance of the Maize" we have mentioned already; Mr. Stoddard's "Castle in the Air" is its complete antithesis.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
The value of maize production for 1905 was nearly 9,000,000 pounds sterling.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
At last I asked a maize-reaper I fell in with, where on earth the Talpadi forest was?
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
Wheat, barley, a few oats, maize, potatoes, and caravansas, all grow freely here.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
The maize was now "in the milk," and the ears, folded within the papyrus-like husks, looked full and large.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
A long trough stretched across the patio, and out of this a double row of mules and mustangs were greedily eating maize.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
For provisions they carried roots and grain, a sort of wine made from maize, and great quantities of almonds.
"The Search for the Silver City" by James Otis
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In poetry:

Happy he!—He now has gone
Where no snow is found:
Where with maize the fields are sown,
Self-sprung from the ground;
"Nadowessian Death-Lament" by Friedrich von Schiller
Behold! a giant am I!
Aloft here in my tower,
With my granite jaws I devour
The maize, and the wheat, and the rye,
And grind them into flour.
"Ultima Thule: The Windmill" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But when the fiery days were done,
And Autumn brought his purple haze,
Then, kindling in the slanted sun,
The hillsides gleamed with golden maize.
"The New Eden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Now a red ear of Indian maize
was splashed on the door.
Old Glory with thirteen stripes hung on a pole. The clapboard
was old-red schoolhouse red.
"The Old Flame" by Robert Lowell
All gather, and all harvest;
(Yet but for thee, O Powerful! not a scythe might swing, as now, in
security;
Not a maize-stalk dangle, as now, its silken tassels in peace.)
"A Carol Of Harvest For 1867" by Walt Whitman
When come the short’ning Autumn days,
While gathering in the golden maize,
I’ll miss thy tender voice,
And when our merry maidens say:
“Oreika, join us in our play,”
How can I then rejoice?
"White Canoe—A Legend Of Niagara Falls" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

Hutch downs Maize , but it's not pretty.
(Travis Morisse/The Hutchinson News) Hutchinson's Will Smith is tackled by Maize defenders Austin Branson, bottom, Elijah West (25) and Nick Benford (42) during the second quarter Friday in Maize .
Buffs rally late to beat Maize , 31-26.
Buxton's Corn Maize and Fall Festival.
Cory, Landon, 7, and Aubrey Keen, 3, with Laura Lyons head into the Pope Farms Corn Maize in Wiggins last Saturday.
Maize -N-Brew: Inconsistency could hurt Denard Robinson's legacy at Michigan.
A critical examination of an African "agroforestry" system, in which maize (corn) is grown with nitrogen-fixing trees, has yielded good news for resource-poor African farmers.
Corn, properly called maize , is everywhere in our lives.
Verona Corn MAiZE pays tribute to Joplin and Branson.
Special tribute This year's Corn MAiZE in Verona pays a special tribute to the tornado-ravaged communities of Joplin and Branson.
The craze for maize .
Daytripper Cate Foster heads to Karaka with a teen and a 6-year-old to tackle the Amazing Maze 'n Maize - and all walk away smiling.
Maize Restaurant & Catering.
The A- Maize -ing Adventures of Colonel Corn: February 2011.
Mapping a " Maize " of Possibilities.
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In science:

Glaubitz, et al., 2012 Megabasescale Inversion Polymorphism in the Wild Ancestor of Maize.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
Hala ere, maiz corpusetan erroreak egoten dira eta horrek desanbiguatzailearen emaitzaren benetako balioan eragina izaten du.
On the Evaluation and Comparison of Taggers: The Effect of Noise in Testing Corpora
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA. Venard, C. M. P. (2006). The development of colletotrichum graminicola inside maize stalk tissues.
Results of Evolution Supervised by Genetic Algorithms
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