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te·o·sin·te(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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te•o•sin•te(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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