a white, tasteless, odorless protein extracted from corn, used in plastics, coatings, paints, inks, etc.
Origin of zein; from 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