<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.

<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.

(01 Mar 1998)