(||Cor"mus) n. [NL., fr. Gr. kormo`s the trunk of a tree fr. kei`rein to shear.]
1. (Bot.) See Corm.
2. (Biol.) A vegetable or animal made up of a number of individuals, such as, for example, would be
formed by a process of budding from a parent stalk wherre the buds remain attached.
(Corn) n. [L. cornu horn: cf. F. corne horn, hornlike excrescence. See Horn.] A thickening of
the epidermis at some point, esp. on the toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and troublesome.
Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes
Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you.
The substance of a corn usually resembles horn, but where moisture is present, as between the toes, it
is white and sodden, and is called a soft corn.
(Corn), n. [AS. corn; akin to OS. korn, D. koren, G., Dan., Sw., & Icel. korn, Goth. kaúrn, L.
granum, Russ. zerno. Cf. Grain, Kernel.]
1. A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain.
2. The various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize,
In Scotland, corn is generally restricted to oats, in the United States, to maize, or Indian corn, of which
there are several kinds; as, yellow corn, which grows chiefly in the Northern States, and is yellow when
ripe; white or southern corn, which grows to a great height, and has long white kernels; sweet corn,
comprising a number of sweet and tender varieties, grown chiefly at the North, some of which have
kernels that wrinkle when ripe and dry; pop corn, any small variety, used for popping.
3. The plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and
seeds, after reaping and before thrashing.
In one night, ere glimpse of morn,
His shadowy flail had thrashed the corn.
4. A small, hard particle; a grain. "Corn of sand." Bp. Hall. "A corn of powder." Beau. & Fl.
Corn ball, a ball of popped corn stuck together with soft candy from molasses or sugar. Corn bread,
bread made of Indian meal. Corn cake, a kind of corn bread; johnny cake; hoecake. Corn cockle
(Bot.), a weed having bright flowers, common in grain fields. Corn flag (Bot.), a plant of the genus
Gladiolus; called also sword lily. Corn fly. (Zoöl.) (a) A small fly which, in the larval state, is
injurious to grain, living in the stalk, and causing the disease called "gout," on account of the swelled
joints. The common European species is Chlorops tæniopus. (b) A small fly (Anthomyia ze) whose
larva or maggot destroys seed corn after it has been planted. Corn fritter, a fritter having green
Indian corn mixed through its batter. [U. S.] - - Corn laws, laws regulating trade in corn, especially
those in force in Great Britain till 1846, prohibiting the importation of foreign grain for home consumption,
except when the price rose above a certain rate. Corn marigold. (Bot.) See under Marigold.
Corn oyster, a fritter containing grated green Indian corn and butter, the combined taste resembling
that of oysters. [U.S.] Corn parsley (Bot.), a plant of the parsley genus a weed in parts of Europe
and Asia. Corn popper, a utensil used in popping corn. Corn poppy (Bot.), the red poppy
(Papaver Rhas), common in European cornfields; also called corn rose. Corn rent, rent paid in
corn. Corn rose. See Corn poppy. Corn salad (Bot.), a name given to several species of
Valerianella, annual herbs sometimes used for salad. V. olitoria is also called lamb's lettuce. Corn
stone, red limestone. [Prov. Eng.] Corn violet (Bot.), a species of Campanula. Corn weevil.
(Zoöl.) (a) A small weevil which causes great injury to grain. (b) In America, a weevil (Sphenophorus