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English definition of “starch”


noun  /stɑrtʃ/ us  

starch noun (FOOD)

biology [C/U] a substance that exists in large amounts in many plants [C/U] Starches are foods containing a large amount of starch, such as potatoes, rice, bread, pasta, and cereal.

starch noun (CHEMICAL)

[U] a chemical that is used to make cloth stiff


verb [T]  /stɑrtʃ/ us  

starch verb [T] (ADD CHEMICAL)

to add starch to cloth to make it stiff: I starch all my dress shirts.
(Definition of starch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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