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

[From nub.]
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chiefly US and Canadian something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn
[C19: diminutive of nub]
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(ˈnʌb ɪn)

1. a small lump or stunted piece; stub.
2. a small or imperfect ear of corn.
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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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