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 (tā′ə-sĭn′tē, tē′-, tĕ′ō-sēn′tĕ)
Any of several chiefly annual grasses of the genus Zea of Mexico and Central America that are similar to corn but have multiple ears with small numbers of hard seeds. Corn is thought to have been domesticated from a type of teosinte.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl teocintli : teōtl, sacred + cintli, dried ear of corn.]


(Plants) a tall Central American annual grass, Euchlaena mexicana, related to maize and grown for forage in the southern US
[C19: from Nahuatl teocentli, from teotl god + centli dry ear of corn]


(ˌti əˈsɪn ti, ˌteɪ-)

a tall grass, Zea mexicana, of Mexico and Central America, closely related to corn.
[1875–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl teōcintli=teō(tl) god + cintli dried ear of maize]
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Traditional grains such as amaranth, teosinte, wild rice, and different types of corn are rediscovered, and the book offers a bounty of recipes centered on indigenous varieties of beans, seeds, berries, herbs, spices, and edible wildflowers.
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Kumar B, Dhaliwal SS, Singh ST, Lamba JS, Ram H (2015) Herbage production, nutritional composition and quality of teosinte under Fe fertilization.
and Teosinte (Zea mexicana Schrade Kuntze) in relation to their origin and evolution.
The center of origin is believed to be the Mesoamerica region, at least 7000 years ago when it was grown as a wild grass called teosinte in the Mexican highlands [4].
33) they performed QTL analysis and identified a QTL gene, SCM3, responsible for high SM in Chugoku 117, as the rice TEOSINTE BRANCHED 1 (OsTB1), which encodes a TCP domain-bearing transcription factor previously reported to control tiller number.
Asi, el maiz surgio de la mutacion de formas antiguas de teosinte, ya sea por seleccion natural o por la participacion del hombre.
Selective breeding of corn by man, over thousands of years, has brought the development of an ear of corn from the wild teosinte plant to the large, compressed ears we have today.
mays) is a principal domesticated crop of the Americas, originated from one or more varieties of teosinte.
2001), sugarcane, maize and teosinte plants in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa (Reis et al.
The maize and teosinte male inflorescence: A numerical Taxonomic study.