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(Science: botany) a large species of American grass of the genus zea (Z. Mays), widely cultivated as a forage and food plant; indian corn. Also, its seed, growing on cobs, and used as food for men animals.

(Science: zoology) maize eater, a south American bird of the genus Pseudoleistes, allied to the troupials. Maize yellow, a delicate pale yellow.

Origin: sp. Maiz. Fr. Mahiz or mahis, i the language of the island of Hayti.