Definitions for: Corn


[n] ears of corn grown for human food
[n] distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
[n] annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
[n] 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
[n] the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal
[n] a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes
[v] preserve with salt; "corned beef"
[v] feed with corn, as of cattle



Webster (1913) Definition: Corn (k[^o]rn), n. [L. cornu horn: cf. F. corne horn,
hornlike excrescence. See Horn.]
A thickening of the epidermis at some point, esp. on the
toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and
troublesome.

Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes
Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you.
--Shak.

Note: The substance of a corn usually resembles horn, but
where moisture is present, as between the toes, it is
white and sodden, and is called a soft corn.


Corn, n. [AS. corn; akin to OS. korn, D. koren, G., Dan.,
Sw., & Icel. korn, Goth. ka['u]rn, L. granum, Russ. zerno.
Cf. Grain, Kernel.]
1. A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley,
and maize; a grain.

2. The various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used
for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats.

Note: In Scotland, corn is generally restricted to oats, in
the United States, to maize, or Indian corn, of which
there are several kinds; as, yellow corn, which grows
chiefly in the Northern States, and is yellow when
ripe; white or southern corn, which grows to a great
height, and has long white kernels; sweet corn,
comprising a number of sweet and tender varieties,
grown chiefly at the North, some of which have kernels
that wrinkle when ripe and dry; pop corn, any small
variety, used for popping.

3. The plants which produce corn, when growing in the field;
the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and seeds, after
reaping and before thrashing.

In one night, ere glimpse of morn, His shadowy flail
had thrashed the corn. --Milton.

4. A small, hard particle; a grain. ``Corn of sand.'' --Bp.
Hall. ``A corn of powder.'' --Beau. & Fl.

Corn ball, a ball of popped corn stuck together with soft
candy from molasses or sugar.

Corn bread, bread made of Indian meal.

Corn cake, a kind of corn bread; johnny cake; hoecake.

Corn cockle (Bot.), a weed ({Agrostemma or Lychnis
Githago}), having bright flowers, common in grain fields.


Corn flag (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gladiolus; --
called also sword lily.

Corn fly. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A small fly which, in the larval state, is injurious
to grain, living in the stalk, and causing the disease
called ``gout,'' on account of the swelled joints. The
common European species is Chlorops t[ae]niopus.
(b) A small fly (Anthomyia ze) whose larva or maggot
destroys seed corn after it has been planted.

Corn fritter, a fritter having green Indian corn mixed
through its batter. [U. S.]

Corn laws, laws regulating trade in corn, especially those
in force in Great Britain till 1846, prohibiting the
importation of foreign grain for home consumption, except
when the price rose above a certain rate.

Corn marigold. (Bot.) See under Marigold.

Corn oyster, a fritter containing grated green Indian corn
and butter, the combined taste resembling that of oysters.
[U.S.]

Corn parsley (Bot.), a plant of the parsley genus
(Petroselinum segetum), a weed in parts of Europe and
Asia.

Corn popper, a utensil used in popping corn.

Corn poppy (Bot.), the red poppy (Papaver Rh[oe]as),
common in European cornfields; -- also called corn rose.


Corn rent, rent paid in corn.

Corn rose. See Corn poppy.

Corn salad (Bot.), a name given to several species of
Valerianella, annual herbs sometimes used for salad. {V.
olitoria} is also called lamb's lettuce.

Corn stone, red limestone. [Prov. Eng.]

Corn violet (Bot.), a species of Campanula.

Corn weevil. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A small weevil which causes great injury to grain.
(b) In America, a weevil (Sphenophorus ze[ae]) which
attacks the stalk of maize near the root, often doing
great damage. See Grain weevil, under Weevil.


Corn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corned (k?rnd); p. pr. & vb.
n. Corning.]
1. To preserve and season with salt in grains; to sprinkle
with salt; to cure by salting; now, specifically, to salt
slightly in brine or otherwise; as, to corn beef; to corn
a tongue.

2. To form into small grains; to granulate; as, to corn
gunpowder.

3. To feed with corn or (in Sctland) oats; as, to corn
horses. --Jamieson.

4. To render intoxicated; as, ale strong enough to corn one.
[Colloq.]

Corning house, a house or place where powder is corned or
granulated.

Synonyms: clavus, corn whiskey, corn whisky, edible corn, Indian corn, maize, wheat, Zea mays

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