Definition of “starch” - English Dictionary

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us /stɑrtʃ/

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

starchverb [ T ]

us /stɑrtʃ/

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)