[ flouuh r, flou-er ]
/ flaʊər, ˈflaʊ ər /
the finely ground meal of grain, especially the finer meal separated by bolting.
the finely ground and bolted meal of wheat, as that used in baking.
a finely ground, powdery foodstuff, as of dehydrated potatoes, fish, or bananas.
a fine, soft powder: flour of emery.
verb (used with object)
to make (grain or the like) into flour; grind and bolt.
to sprinkle or dredge with flour: Flour the chicken before frying.
verb (used without object)
(of mercury) to refuse to amalgamate with another metal because of some impurity of the metal; lie on the surface of the metal in the form of minute globules.
to disintegrate into minute particles.
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Origin of flour
1200–50; Middle English; special use of flower. Compare French fleur de farine the flower or finest part of the meal
OTHER WORDS FROM flourflour·less, adjectiveo·ver·flour, verbun·floured, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH flourflour flower
Words nearby flour
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Example sentences from the Web for flourless
Together with his wife, Rebecca Hanover, Ethan offers “Flourless (But Not Carb-less) Chocolate Cake.”
Coconut macaroons are a common Passover cookie, as are meringues and flourless cakes and brownies.
British Dictionary definitions for flourless
/ (ˈflaʊə) /
a powder, which may be either fine or coarse, prepared by sifting and grinding the meal of a grass, esp wheat
any finely powdered substance
(tr) to make (grain) into flour
(tr) to dredge or sprinkle (food or cooking utensils) with flour
(of mercury) to break into fine particles on the surface of a metal rather than amalgamating, or to produce such an effect on (a metal). The effect is caused by impurities, esp sulphur
Derived forms of flourfloury, adjective
Word Origin for flour
C13 flur finer portion of meal, flower
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