Why are they called “ears of corn?”
- The shape resembles the ear of a donkey, the domesticated animal that was traditionally used to plow cornfields.
- In Old English, the word ear means a spike or head of grain.
- Farmers used to cup their ears next to the cornfields to listen for the sounds of cornstalks rubbing against each other in the wind. When the crop was ready, the stalks were too heavy to sway in the wind and there was no sound.
The answer is, In Old English, the word ear has been used to indicate a spike or head of grain. Additionally, the ear also comes from the antiquated word “ahs”, which implies husk of corn. Therefore, in corn, the ear refers to its spied part, which contains kernels. Spelli.com