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Why is it called an ear of corn?


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“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.

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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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