Why is it called an ear of corn?
“Ear" comes from the ancient word “ahs," which meant “husk of corn." In English, sometimes the ear also is referred to as a “cob" or a “pole." The ear is the spiked part of the corn plant that contains kernels.
The etymology of an ear of corn has nothing to do the organ of hearing. The origin of the word ear, in this context, traces back to a proto-Germanic word referring to the spiked part of a plant.
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