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corncob n : the hard cylindrical core that bears the kernels of an ear of corn

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Noun

  1. The central cylindrical core of an ear of corn (maize) on which the kernels are attached in rows

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A corncob is the central core of a maize (Zea mays ssp. mays L.) ear. Young ears, also called baby corn, can be consumed raw. But as the plant matures the cob becomes tougher until only the kernels are edible. When harvesting corn the corncob is collected as part of the ear, leaving the corn stover in the field. The corn plant's ear is also considered a "cob" but it is not fully a "cob" until the ear is shucked, or removed from the plant material around the ear. Also see corn and sweet corn

Uses

Corncobs are an important source of the furfural, an aromatic aldehyde used in a wide variety of industrial processes. Although with little nutritious value, corncobs can be used as fiber in ruminant fodder. Corncobs can be used to make smoking pipes. Also, in the days of outhouses, the corn cob was commonly used, especially in rural communities, in place of today's toilet paper.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Missouri meerschaum, auricle, briar, briar pipe, calean, calumet, churchwarden, clay, cob, corncob pipe, ear, ear of corn, hookah, hubble-bubble, mealie, meerschaum, nargileh, peace pipe, pipe, pipe cleaner, pipe rack, spike, tobacco pipe, tobacco pouch, water pipe
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