corn house

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corncrib, corn house

A structure used for storing unhusked ears of corn; designed to provide adequate air circulation to ensure that freshly picked corn dries more or less uniformly during storage, so as to minimize spoilage. Found in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, but most often the sides slope inwardly so that the area is smaller at the bottom of the crib than at the top. Also called a corn loft.
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