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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.]
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(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]
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(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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Corn, for instance, was developed from teosinte, a grass with multiple stalks and kernels hard enough to crack teeth.
The history of maize begins with its wild ancestor, teosinte. Teosinte bears little resemblance to the corn eaten today: Its cobs are tiny and its few kernels are protected by a nearly impenetrable outer casing.
Studies on the evolution of maize shoot architecture from its ancestor teosinte identified a branching gene (teosinte branched 1, tbl) that inhibits axillary bud outgrowth (Doebley et al., 1997).
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.
Kumar B, Dhaliwal SS, Singh ST, Lamba JS, Ram H (2015) Herbage production, nutritional composition and quality of teosinte under Fe fertilization.
Cytological studies of maize (Zea mays L.) 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.
For miR319, the following targets were predicted by us in flax: transcripts encoding cysteine-rich secretory proteins, antigen 5, pathogenesis-related 1 protein; myb domain protein 65 (MYB65); Teosinte Branched/Cycloidea/PCF transcription factor 3 (TCP3) superfamily protein; TCP family transcription factor 4; ABC transporter.