- A variety of maize, Zea mays saccharata, with a higher proportion of sugars in the maturing kernels. Usually boiled or roasted and eaten directly from the cob after being buttered and salted. The kernels are often sold separately either canned or frozen. Unscrupulous suppliers will often sell maize cobs, Zea mays, which are less sweet and more chewy.
- noun maize seeds, eaten as a vegetable either removed from or still attached to the cob