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noun (starches, -)
  1. (uncountable) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
  2. (context, nuitrition, countable) carbohydrate, Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
  3. (context, uncountable, figuratively) A stiff, formal manner; formality.
  1. (countable) Any of various starchlike substances used as a laundry stiffener
  • French: amidon
  • German: Steifheit
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, laundry stiffener)
  • Italian: appretto
  • Spanish: almidón
verb (starches, starching, starched, starched)
  1. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
She starched her blouses.
  • French: amidonner
  • German: stí¤rken
  1. stiff, Stiff; precise; rigid.
    Etymology: (term, stearc, , stark, strong, rough, lang=ang). See also (term, stark). Compare German (term, stírke, lang=de).

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