kaffir corn


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kaffir corn

also kafir corn
n. Offensive
See Durra. See Usage Note at kaffir.

[Probably translation of Afrikaans kafferkoring : kaffer, disparaging term for a black person (from Arabic kāfir; see Kaffir) + koring, corn.]

kaffir corn

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kafir corn

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(Plants) old-fashioned taboo a Southern African variety of sorghum, cultivated in dry regions for its grain and as fodder. Sometimes shortened to: kaffir or kafir (US)
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Noun1.kaffir corn - important for human and animal foodkaffir corn - important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth-edged leaves
sorghum - economically important Old World tropical cereal grass
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An example of Indians being actively involved in corn development comes from Oklahoma, where in 1913, Comanche students from the Fort Sills Indian School contributed 92 displays for the Kaffir Corn Palace--a venue created for the International Dry Farming Congress held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Thirty-four are covered in Rod Evans, Palaces on the Prairie, which does not include one that we discuss in this chapter, the Kaffir Corn Palace.
I am very glad to see this, for it ought to give impetus to the cultivation of this kaffir corn or mabele (Zulu) or non saccarine sorghum, as the Americans call it .