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 of teosinteAmerican Spanish ; from Nahuatl teo∶sinλi, teo∶senλi, literally , divine maize ; from teo∶λ, god + sinλi, senλi, maize
Any of several chiefly annual grasses of the genus Zea of Mexico and Central America that are similar to corn but have multiple ears with small numbers of hard seeds. Corn is thought to have been domesticated from a type of teosinte.
Origin of teosinteAmerican Spanish, from Nahuatl teocintli : teōtl, sacred + cintli, dried ear of corn.