a white, tasteless, odorless protein extracted from corn, used in plastics, coatings, paints, inks, etc.
Origin of zeinfrom Modern Latin Zea, a genus of grasses ( from Classical Greek zeia, one-seeded wheat from Indo-European base an unverified form yewo-, grain, barley from source Sanskrit yava-, Lithuanian jãvas, a kind of grain) + -in
A prolamine protein derived from corn, used in the manufacture of various plastics, coatings, and lacquers.
Origin of zeinNew Latin Zēa corn genus ( from Latin zēa emmer ) ( from Greek zeia one-seeded wheat, barley ; see yewo- in Indo-European roots.) -in
(countable and uncountable, plural zeins)
New Latin Zea (“corn genus") +"Ž -in