A fungus (Ustilago maydis) that infects corn, producing silvery, swollen growths that take the place of kernels. The growths have a smoky-sweet flavor and are sometimes harvested and used in Mexican cooking. Also called corn smut . Also called Mexican truffle .
Origin of cuitlacocheAmerican Spanish from Nahuatl quitlacochtli quitlatl dung cochtli asleep