corn n

OE < Germanic kurnóm, grain, corn < IE ger, wear down, waste away; thus, a 'worn-down' particle.

  1. Grain; cereal; wheat, barley, or other edible grass crop; [fig.] harvest; food crop; field of ripe grain.
  2. Maize; plant native to the Americas; stalks bearing heads of sweet grain; cobs having small yellow kernels covered by silky tassels and leafy husks.