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CORN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does corn mean? 

CORN (noun)
  The noun CORN has 7 senses:

1. 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
2. the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal
3. ears of corn grown for human food
4. a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes
5. (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in England or oats in Scotland and Ireland)
6. whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
7. something sentimental or trite

  Familiarity information: CORN used as a noun is common.


CORN (verb)
  The verb CORN has 2 senses:

1. feed (cattle) with corn
2. preserve with salt

  Familiarity information: CORN used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CORN (noun)


Sense 1corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

Zea mays; maize; Indian corn; corn

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

cereal; cereal grass (grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet)

Meronyms (parts of "corn"):

capitulum; ear; spike (fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn)

corn stalk; cornstalk (the stalk of a corn plant)

corncob (the hard cylindrical core that bears the kernels of an ear of corn)

corn; edible corn (ears of corn grown for human food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "corn"):

field corn (corn grown primarily for animal feed or market grain)

green corn; sugar corn; sweet corn; sweet corn plant; Zea mays rugosa; Zea saccharata (a corn plant developed in order to have young ears that are sweet and suitable for eating)

popcorn; Zea mays everta (corn having small ears and kernels that burst when exposed to dry heat)

Holonyms ("corn" is a member of...):

genus Zea; Zea (corn)


Sense 2corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

kernel (a single whole grain of a cereal)

Meronyms (substance of "corn"):

corn oil (oil from the germs of corn grains)


Sense 3corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ears of corn grown for human food

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

edible corn; corn

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

cereal; food grain; grain (foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses)

Meronyms (parts of "corn"):

green corn; sugar corn; sweet corn; sweet corn plant; Zea mays rugosa; Zea saccharata (a corn plant developed in order to have young ears that are sweet and suitable for eating)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "corn"):

green corn; sweet corn (corn that can be eaten as a vegetable while still young and soft)

hominy (hulled corn with the bran and germ removed)

popcorn (small kernels of corn exploded by heat)

Holonyms ("corn" is a part of...):

corn; Indian corn; maize; Zea mays (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)


Sense 4corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

clavus; corn

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

callosity; callus (an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot))


Sense 5corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in England or oats in Scotland and Ireland)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

cereal; cereal grass (grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet)


Sense 6corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

corn whiskey; corn whisky; corn

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

whiskey; whisky (a liquor made from fermented mash of grain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "corn"):

bootleg; corn liquor; moonshine (whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash)


Sense 7corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something sentimental or trite

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

that movie was pure corn

Hypernyms ("corn" is a kind of...):

drippiness; mawkishness; mushiness; sentimentality; sloppiness; soupiness (falsely emotional in a maudlin way)


CORN (verb)


Sense 1corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feed (cattle) with corn

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Hypernyms (to "corn" is one way to...):

feed; give (give food to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2corn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Preserve with salt

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

corned beef

Hypernyms (to "corn" is one way to...):

keep; preserve (prevent (food) from rotting)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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