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"Elote" is a noun which is often translated as "corncob", and "maíz" is a noun which is often translated as "corn". Learn more about the difference between "elote" and "maíz" below.
elote(
eh
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loh
-
teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (maize cob)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. corncob
Me encantan los elotes asados.I love roasted corncobs.
b. ear of corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pon a hervir los elotes con un poco de sal.Set the ears of corn to boil with a bit of salt.
2. (maize)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. sweetcorn
El elote es un alimento muy popular en México.Sweetcorn is a very popular food in Mexico.
b. corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Podemos ponerle también elote a la ensalada.We can also add corn to the salad.
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maíz(
mah
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ees
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (botany)
a. corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Se cultiva mucho maíz en el estado de Ohio.A lot of corn is grown in Ohio.
b. maize (United Kingdom)
Los granjeros perdieron toda la cosecha de maíz debido a la sequía.The farmers lost their entire crop of maize due to the drought.
2. (culinary)
a. corn
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
En Maine, una cena muy típica es el bogavante al vapor con mantequilla derretida y mazorca de maíz.A typical dinner in Maine is steamed lobster with melted butter and corn on the cob.
b. sweetcorn (United Kingdom)
Esta noche vamos a comer chuleta de cordero con maíz y zanahoria.Tonight we're going to eat lamb chops with sweetcorn and carrots.
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