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Re: Maize origins [was re: "Corn" in medieval Europe]
On Wed, 12 Feb 1997 16:12:30 -0500, vincent deluca
> Maybe someone can help me in regards to Corn.
> The word for corn in Italian is "GranTurco"; this means, Turkish Corn.
>The Italians also use the word Maize.
> What the heck does Turkish Corn mean? My wife, who is Italian, refers
>to Corn as Granturco" and rarely uses the work Maize when she is
Grano turco for "maize" fits in with the Catalan names for the cereal,
"blat de moro" (Moorish wheat), the usual term in Barcelona, Girona
and Lleida, "moresc" (Moorish [wheat]) in Tarragona, "blat de les
Indies" (wheat from the Indies) in Valencia and the Balears, "blat
d'India, blat-indi" (wheat from India) in Rossello. Compare "gall
d'India, gall dindi" for "turkey". And English "turkey" itself.
Before 1492, the term "(blat) moresc" seems to have been used to
denote a very different kind of cereal, probably buckwheat ("trigo
morisco" or "trigo sarraceno" in Castillian).
Miguel Carrasquer Vidal ~ ~
Amsterdam _____________ ~ ~
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