from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall Mexican and Central American annual plant (Zea mexicana) related to corn and cultivated for fodder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of large grasses of the genus Zea found in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large grass (Euchlæna luxurians) closely related to maize. It is native of Mexico and Central America, but is now cultivated for fodder in the Southern United States and in many warm countries. Called also Guatemala grass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A grass, Euchlœna luxurians, native in Mexico and Central America, introduced into cultivation in various parts of the world.
American Spanish, from Nahuatl teocintli : teōtl, sacred + cintli, dried ear of corn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French téosinte, from Spanish teocinte, from Classical Nahuatl teocintli, apparently from teōtl ("god") + cintli ("dried maize"). (Wiktionary)