starch Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"starch" in British English

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starchnoun [U]

uk   /stɑːtʃ/  us   /stɑːrtʃ/

starch noun [U] (FOOD)

a ​whitesubstance that ​exists in ​largeamounts in ​potatoes and ​particulargrains such as ​rice: Corn starch is used as a ​thickener in ​stews.
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starch noun [U] (CLOTH)

a ​whitesubstance from ​potatoes and ​particulargrains, used to make ​clothstiff

starchverb [T]

uk   /stɑːtʃ/  us   /stɑːrtʃ/
to make ​clothesstiff by ​washing them with starch: She ​wore a starched ​whiteapron over her ​blackdress.
(Definition of starch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"starch" in American English

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starchnoun

 us   /stɑrtʃ/

starch noun (FOOD)

biology [C/U] a ​substance that ​exists in ​largeamounts in many ​plants [C/U] Starches are ​foodscontaining a ​largeamount of starch, such as ​potatoes, ​rice, ​bread, ​pasta, and cereal .

starch noun (CHEMICAL)

[U] a ​chemical that is used to make ​clothstiff

starchverb [T]

 us   /stɑrtʃ/

starch verb [T] (ADD CHEMICAL)

to ​add starch to ​cloth to make it ​stiff: I starch all my ​dressshirts.
(Definition of starch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “starch”
in Korean 녹말가루, 풀…
in Arabic نِشاء…
in Malaysian kanji…
in French fécule, amidon…
in Russian крахмал…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食物, 澱粉…
in Italian amido…
in Turkish nişasta, kola…
in Polish skrobia, krochmal…
in Spanish almidón…
in Vietnamese tinh bột, hồ…
in Portuguese amido, goma (para roupa)…
in Thai แป้ง, แป้งขาวใช้ลงผ้าแข็ง…
in German die Stärke…
in Catalan midó, fècula…
in Japanese でん粉, 洗濯のり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 食物, 淀粉…
in Indonesian kanji, tepung kanji…
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