- a variety of Indian corn with small ears and hard, pointed grains which pop open into a white, puffy mass when heated
- the popped grains, usually salted and buttered for eating
See popcorn in American Heritage Dictionary 4
a. A variety of corn, Zea mays everta, having hard kernels that burst to form white, irregularly shaped puffs when heated.
b. The edible popped kernels of this variety of corn.
- A small piece, as of polystyrene, used in quantity to protect items during packaging and shipment.
Origin: Contraction of popped corn
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