starch

starch
starch [stärch]
n.
[ME starche < sterchen, to stiffen < OE * stercan < stearc, rigid, stiff, akin to Ger stark, strong: see STARK]
1. a white, tasteless, odorless food substance found in potatoes, rice, corn, wheat, cassava, and many other vegetable foods: it is a granular solid, chemically a complex carbohydrate, (C6H10O5) n, and is used in adhesives, sizes, foods, cosmetics, medicine, etc.
2. a powdered form of this, used in laundering for stiffening cloth, fabrics, etc.
3. [pl.] starchy foods
4. formal, unbending manner or behavior; stiffness
5. Informal energy; vigor
vt.
to stiffen with or as if with starch
starchless
adj.

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