Corn

CORN, MAIZE (SWEET and POP). A tender annual, cultivated in America from prehistoric times. The word Maize, Spanish Maiz, is derived from the name Mahiz, which Columbus adopted for this cereal from the Haytians. Maize has not yet been found truly wild. Its close relation to Teosinthe, Euchlmna Jlezicmia, Schrad., is indicated by the known fertile hybrids, or cross-breeds between Teosinthe and Maize. Teosinthe and the only other species which show close botanical relationship to Maine are indigenous to Mexico. Bota nists now almost unanimously concede that Maize origi nated in America, and it is probable that it is indige nous to Mexico. See Zea.