A relatively soft type of corn typically occurring between the toes.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Eachard (bap. 1637, d. 1697), college head. From soft + corn.
Originally: moisture-rich maize kernels, especially from cobs harvested before full maturity. In later use also: maize kernels which lack horny endosperm; any of the cultivated varieties of maize producing such kernels.
The group of cultivated varieties of maize producing kernels without horny endosperm is often called Zea mays convar. amylacea.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Bartram (1699–1777), botanist and explorer in America. From soft + corn.