verb (blanch, es)
- Ore, not in masses, but mixed with other minerals.
- To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear; the rose blanches in the sun.
- To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as, to blanch linen; age has blanched his hair.
- To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed.
- To cause to turn aside or back; as, to blanch a deer.
- To use evasion.
- (cooking) To cook by dipping briefly into boiling water, then directly into cold water.
- To whiten, as the surface of meat, by plunging into boiling water and afterwards into cold, so as to harden the surface and retain the juices
- To bleach by excluding the light, as the stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying them together.
- To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding; as, to blanch almonds.
- To give a white luster to (silver, before stamping, in the process of coining.).
- To cover (sheet iron) with a coating of tin.
- (figurative) To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to whitewash; to palliate.
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