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[kawrn-stahrch] /ˈkɔrnˌstɑrtʃ/
a starch or a starchy flour made from corn and used for thickening gravies and sauces, making puddings, etc.
Also called, especially British, corn flour.
Origin of cornstarch
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; corn1 + starch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This pudding may also be made with a meringue the same as cornstarch Meringue.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • And instead of pies and cakes we'll have nourishing puddings of cornstarch and rice.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • cornstarch is the starchy portion only removed from the grain of corn.

  • cornstarch pudding is an old favorite, too, either hot or cold.

    Cookery for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
  • Anna and I have learned how to make rice and cornstarch puddings.

    Village Life in America 1852-1872 Caroline Cowles Richards
  • cornstarch, sago, and tapioca may be used instead of gelatin.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • Mix and sift the cornstarch and sugar and add to the scalded milk.

    Quantity Cookery Lenore Richards
  • Mix the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa and add to the scalded milk.

    Quantity Cookery Lenore Richards
British Dictionary definitions for cornstarch


(US & Canadian) a fine starchy maize flour, used esp for thickening sauces Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cornflour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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