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1. See corn1.
2. Dried ears of corn having colorful, usually variegated kernels, usually hung in a cluster for decoration.
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(Plants) another name for maize1
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2. any primitive corn with variegated kernels.
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At the beginning of the twentieth century the term Indian corn was still used by some to refer to what is now called corn but, in some locales, the name Indian corn was applied only to those ears with red or blue kernels that were occasionally found mixed in with the more usual yellow or white kernels. Such colors are not found when hybrid seed corn is used.
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|Noun||1.||Indian corn - 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|
cereal, cereal grass - grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
field corn - corn grown primarily for animal feed or market grain
green corn, sugar corn, sweet corn, sweet corn plant, Zea mays rugosa, Zea saccharata - a corn plant developed in order to have young ears that are sweet and suitable for eating
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