Associations to the word «Starch»

Wiktionary

STARCH, noun. (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.
STARCH, noun. (nutrition) (countable) Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
STARCH, noun. (uncountable) (figuratively) A stiff, formal manner; formality.
STARCH, noun. (countable) Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener
STARCH, verb. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
STARCH, adjective. Stiff; precise; rigid.
STARCH HYACINTH, noun. The grape hyacinth.
STARCH HYACINTHS, noun. Plural of starch hyacinth

Dictionary definition

STARCH, noun. A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles.
STARCH, noun. A commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering.
STARCH, verb. Stiffen with starch; "starch clothes".

Wise words

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