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see corncorn,
in botany. The name corn is given to the leading cereal crop of any major region. In England corn means wheat; in Scotland and Ireland, oats. The grain called corn in the United States is Indian corn or maize (Zea mays mays).
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Corn/maize shoots can be eaten when they resemble large blades of grass that taste like sweet corn. Young maize shoots look like yellow grass and accumulate a powerful antibiotic substance called DIMBOA, a natural defense against pathogenic bacteria and fungus. Corn does not contain the gluten that causes celiac disease. The whole baby corn in husk may also be eaten, silk and all. Corn/maize kernels are very high in starch, which turns into sugar in the body. The really healthy part of the plant is the cornsilk (see Cornsilk)
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Zea mays. Indian corn, a tall cereal grass characterized by large ears.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


a. a tall annual grass, Zea mays, cultivated for its yellow edible grains, which develop on a spike
b. the grain of this plant, used for food, fodder, and as a source of oil
2. a yellow colour
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With even five million dollars more a week, she could buy mealie meal instead of sorghum.
In terms of the protocol, the negotiation of prices would take place within the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF); and the commodities covered included most essential commodities and services (including "mealie meal, cooking oil, salt, milk, sugar, bread, flour, beef, paraffin, sanitary pads, water charges, rentals and rates, and transport fares").
By using two sets of food combination--corn and milk, and thick porridge and mealie meal--Vilakazi highlights how pre- and postindustrialisation impacted on African life.
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In addition, Chard had ordered a pyramid-shaped redoubt built of mealie sacks, from the hollow top of which sharpshooters could fire over the heads of their fellow defenders.
Mumba," a woman in one of Lusaka's large shanty compounds (slums) expresses her complaints about recent increases in many basic food commodities in local markets: "mealie meal" (corn meal), beans, cooking oil, sugar, kapenta (small fish).
The most common dish made from cornmeal is called mealie meal, pap or nshima/nsima depending on the country.
On advancing further it was discovered that the Boers had planned an ambush, hiding in the long grass, mealie fields and the nearby farmhouse.
birrea is used for making dishes, mealie stamping mortars, drums, toys, curios, divining bowls and carvings (Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk, 1962).
A teacher friend called one morning to find her kitchen full of women--some collecting mealie meal or paraffin or vegetables, others who had come for second-hand clothing or simply for counselling.