cornstarch

[kawrn-stahrch]
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noun

a starch or a starchy flour made from corn and used for thickening gravies and sauces, making puddings, etc.

Nearby words

  1. cornmeal,
  2. corno,
  3. corno, monte,
  4. cornrow,
  5. cornstalk,
  6. cornstick,
  7. cornstone,
  8. cornu,
  9. cornu ammonis,
  10. cornucopia

Origin of cornstarch

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; corn1 + starch

Also called, especially British, corn flour.

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British Dictionary definitions for cornstarch

cornstarch

noun

US and Canadian a fine starchy maize flour, used esp for thickening saucesAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): cornflour
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