Borrowed from Spanish maíz, from Taíno *mahis, *mahisi, from Proto-Arawak *marikɨ. Cognate with Arawak marisi, Wayuu maiki.
- enPR: māz, IPA(key): /meɪz/
- Rhymes: -eɪz
- Homophone: maze
maize (countable and uncountable, plural maizes)
- Corn; a type of grain of the species Zea mays.
- A fundamental creative act of American man was the development of maize. For it was maize that made possible and sustained the whole