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 for Zea Mays
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indian corn \Indian corn\ (Bot.),
     Zea+({Zea+Mays">A cereal plant of the genus Zea ({Zea Mays), also simply
     called corn, used widely as a food; the maize, a native
     plant of America; more specifically: a primitive variety of
     Zea Mays having variegated kernels on each cob, in
     distinction from the more commonly used yellow corn; it is
     often used as decoration at Thanksgiving time. See Corn,
     and Maize.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Note: In modern American usage, the word corn when unmodified
           usually refers to yellow corn, and Indian corn refers
           to the variegated variety.
           [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  maize \maize\ (m[=a]z), n. [Sp. maiz. fr. mahiz or mahis, is the
     language of the Island of Haiti.] (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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Maize eater (Zool.), a South American bird of the genus
        Pseudoleistes, allied to the troupials.
  
     Maize yellow, a delicate pale yellow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zea \Ze"a\ (z[=e]"[.a]), n. [L., a kind of grain, fr. Gr. ze`a,
     zeia`; cf. Skr. yava barley.] (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.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. The various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used
        for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: In Scotland, corn is generally restricted to oats, in
           the United States, to maize, or Indian corn (see
           sense 3), and in England to wheat.
           [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     3. a tall cereal plant ({Zea mays) bearing its seeds as
        large kernels in multiple rows on the surface of a hard
        cylindrical ear, the core of which (the cob) is not
        edible; -- also called Indian corn and, in technical
        literature, maize. There are several kinds; as, yellow
        corn, which grows chiefly in the Northern States, and is
        yellow when ripe; white corn 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. Corn seeds may be cooked
        while on the ear and eaten directly, or may be stripped
        from the ear and cooked subsequently. The term Indian
        corn is often used to refer to a primitive type of corn
        having kernels of varied color borne on the same cob; it
        is used for decoration, especially in the fall.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     4. 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.
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              In one night, ere glimpse of morn,
              His shadowy flail had thrashed the corn. --Milton.
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     5. A small, hard particle; a grain. "Corn of sand." --Bp.
        Hall. "A corn of powder." --Beau. & Fl.
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     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+Githago">Corn cockle (Bot.), a weed ({Agrostemma Githago syn.
        Lychnis Githago), having bright flowers, common in grain
        fields.
  
     Corn flag (Bot.), a plant of the genus Gladiolus; --
        called also sword lily.
  
     Corn fly. (Zool.)
        (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">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.
        Valerianella olitoria is also called lamb's lettuce.
        
  
     Corn stone, red limestone. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Corn violet (Bot.), a species of Campanula.
  
     Corn weevil. (Zool.)
        (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.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Zea mays
      n 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 [syn: corn, maize, Indian
           corn, Zea mays]

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