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'''Corn''' in modern parlance tends to mean specifically '''maize''', a [[New World]] [[grain]] crop.
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'''Corn''' in modern American parlance tends to mean specifically '''maize''', a [[New World]] [[grain]] crop.
  
 
However in older usage, the word was used generically to mean ''any'' grain, and, indeed any object which came in roughly the size of a grain.  One can easily find references to "corns of [[gunpowder]]" and so on.  The process of "corning" (as in "corned [[beef]]") comes from packing the [[meat]] in "corns" of [[salt]].
 
However in older usage, the word was used generically to mean ''any'' grain, and, indeed any object which came in roughly the size of a grain.  One can easily find references to "corns of [[gunpowder]]" and so on.  The process of "corning" (as in "corned [[beef]]") comes from packing the [[meat]] in "corns" of [[salt]].
  
 
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[[Category: Food]]

Latest revision as of 02:47, 14 May 2008

Corn in modern American parlance tends to mean specifically maize, a New World grain crop.

However in older usage, the word was used generically to mean any grain, and, indeed any object which came in roughly the size of a grain. One can easily find references to "corns of gunpowder" and so on. The process of "corning" (as in "corned beef") comes from packing the meat in "corns" of salt.