sweet corn

sweet corn
noun
1. a corn plant developed in order to have young ears that are sweet and suitable for eating
Hypernyms: ↑corn, ↑maize, ↑Indian corn, ↑Zea mays
Part Holonyms: ↑corn, ↑edible corn
2. corn that can be eaten as a vegetable while still young and soft
Syn: ↑green corn
Hypernyms: ↑corn, ↑edible corn

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noun
: an Indian corn that is grown in many horticultural varieties, is variously considered a distinct species (Zea saccharata or Z. rugosa), a subspecies (Z. mays rugosa), or a specific mutation of dent corn, and is distinguished especially by kernels containing a high percentage of sugar in the milk stage when they are suitable for table use but later becoming horny, translucent, and wrinkled — compare field corn, green corn

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1. any of several varieties of corn, esp. Zea mays rugosa, the grain or kernels of which are sweet and suitable for eating.
2. Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. the young and tender ears of corn, esp. when used as a table vegetable. Also called green corn.
[1640-50, Amer.]

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sweet corn,
1. a kind of corn eaten by people when it is young and tender; corn; sugar corn. The kernels of sweet corn are rich in sugar. Sweet corn is eaten either directly from the ear or after being cut from the ear. »

It is better to plant sweet corn in blocks rather than in single rows (Sunday Times).

2. an ear or ears of such corn, at the milky stage; green corn.

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n. corn of a variety with kernels that have a high sugar content. It is grown for human consumption and is harvested while slightly immature
the kernels of this plant eaten as a vegetable

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noun [noncount]
1 US : a kind of corn (sense 1) that contains a lot of sugar
2 sweetcorn Brit :corn 1b, 1

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