An important grain of American origin, distinguished by the peculiar arrangement of its large seeds on a long cylindrical cob. It grows on a stalk resembling that of the sugar cane, varying from 5 to 10 feet in height. Its cultivation is simple, and the returns very large, its produce being greater than that of any other grain. Corn-flour is extensively used as food. Maize meal is not well adapted for making bread, but is sometimes mixed with wheaten flour for that purpose. It is also used in the manufacture of starch. In some countries the husks are used in making paper and mattresses, and in stuffing chairs and saddles. More than 2,000 million bushels of maize are grown in the United States annually, much of it being used in fattening swine.