teosinte definition by Webster's New World
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a tall, cornlike fodder grass (Zea mexicana) native to Mexico and Central America, having a tassel and small, hard ears: presumed to be the wild ancestor of maize
Origin: American Spanish ; from Nahuatl teo∶sinλi, teo∶senλi, literally , divine maize ; from teo∶λ, god plush sinλi, senλi, maize
teosinte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A tall Mexican and Central American annual plant (Zea mexicana) related to corn and cultivated for fodder.
Origin: American Spanish, from Nahuatl teocintli : teōtl, sacred + cintli, dried ear of corn.