• WordNet 3.6
    • n Zea corn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zea zē"ȧ (Bot) A genus of large grasses of which the Indian corn (Zea Mays) is the only species known. Its origin is not yet ascertained. See Maize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Zea A genus of grasses, type of the tribe Maydeæ. It is characterized by monœcious flowers, the male forming a terminal panicle, the female a large axillary sessile spike wrapped in numerous leaf-like bracts or husks, and consisting of pistillate flowers densely aggregated in many rows upon a thick unjointed rachis. The only species, Z. Mays, the well-known Indian corn or maize, long cultivated throughout many warm and temperate regions, is supposed to be a native of America, but is not now known in a wild state. It is a tall plant with unbranched robust stems, large light-green leaves, a handsome long-stalked terminal panicle (known as the tassel), and very thick fertile spikes from the husks of which project long green slender styles known as the silk. The fruit is a hard roundish caryopsis (known as the kernel) partly inclosed by the chaffy remains of the four glumes and broad palet—the kernels and their rachis (the cob) forming the spike or ear of corn. The seeds furnish an invaluable food to man and to domestic animals; the stalks and leaves are used for fodder, and the husks are much used for filling mattresses and horse-collars, and for making door-mats; a coarse textile fabric, also, and paper of excellent quality, have been experimentally made from them. The cob, and sometimes the whole ear, is used as fuel. The chief value lies of course in the kernel. See maize, cut in preceding column, and cut under husk. Compare corn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zea zē′a a cereal having monœcious flowers. The only species is Z. mays, the well-known maize or Indian corn.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a kind of grain, fr. Gr. ze`a zeia`; cf. Skr. yava, barley
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

See in the "Origin" the brief abstract of Gartner on Verbascum and Zea.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Maize, hybrids of, see also Zea.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The landing-place in the port of Zea, I recollect distinctly.
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
For specimen plants: Eulalia, Gynerium, Panicum, Phalaris, and Zea.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
ZEA, the ancient Ceos, an island of the Grecian Archipelago; of great fertility; produces wine, honey, silk, and maize.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The Pireus contained three docks; the first called Cantharus, the second Aphrodisium, and the third Zea.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
The kheties are either of rice or Cynosurus or Zea.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
On their approaching the island of Zea, he expressed a wish to be put on shore.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)" by Thomas Moore
Vish comes out of the zea for everybody as likes to catch them.
"Nic Revel" by George Manville Fenn
When they got abreast of the north end of Zea Island they observed a brigantine coming romping up to them under a cloud of sail.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman

In news:

Incumbent Mayor Dick Willis has filed for city council as did Deanna Zea for the two open seats.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill locations in Birmingham and Mobile return to their Louisiana roots.
David Cross, general manager of Zea Rotisserie & Grill.
This week's Culinary SOS: Zea 's sweet potato bread pudding.
Sweet potato bread pudding with rum sauce from Zea Rotisserie and Grill in New Orleans.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill locations in Birmingham and Mobile return to their Louisiana roots.
Zea Barker is an animator, video director and performer.
Zea 's pesto-crusted trout.
Zea 's does it all, but a seafood standout is the pesto-crusted trout.
Adidas has postponed the 2010 adidas Elite Soccer Program, according to Antonio Zea, the Business Unit Director of adidas Soccer.
Zea my bed is a monument of hate against my job insert parallel universe.
Director of Soccer Antonio Zea talks about the technology behind the design of the 2010 World Cup soccer ball.
This week's Culinary SOS: Zea's sweet potato bread pudding.
Recipes from The Columns and Zea's.
Today's look: Zea, Mission Sunday Streets.

In science:

The final PSPC mosaics are cast in the zenith equal-area azimuthal (ZEA; Greisen & Calabretta 1996) pro jection, which is similar over this solid angle to tangential pro jection.
Large Scale Diffuse X-ray Emission from the Large Magellanic Cloud
Left: GAIA using AST to display a co-ordinate grid for a ZEA (zenithal equal area) projection.
New Features in AST - a WCS Management and Manipulation Library