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1. A small stunted ear of corn.
2. A small stunted or projecting part.

[From nub.]


chiefly US and Canadian something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn
[C19: diminutive of nub]


(ˈnʌb ɪn)

1. a small lump or stunted piece; stub.
2. a small or imperfect ear of corn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nubbin - a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)
nub, stub - a small piece; "a nub of coal"; "a stub of a pencil"
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The spleen is an early casualty of organ damage from repeated infarctive episodes, which reduce it to a nubbin of fibrous tissue.
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8): precaudal vertebrae 11; caudal vertebrae (including terminal element) 16; vertebrae 3-11 with pleural rib articulating with respective parapophyses; twelve pairs of epineurals, articulating with vertebrae as follows: epineurals 1, 2 with corresponding parapophyses, 3-10 with corresponding pleural ribs, epineural 11 reduced and not articulating with pleural rib and 12 highly reduced and embedded in tissue; first caudal vertebra with expanded haemal arch and tiny haemal spine; haemal arch comprising elongate parapophyses, "rib-like" in appearance in lateral view; where parapophyses join ventrally to form haemal arch, a nubbin of bone (haemal spine) projecting posteriorly (Fig.
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An imperfect or small ear of corn is called a nubbin.