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starch

 
 
pronunciation:
starch
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a substance in certain foods that the body can quickly use for energy or store for later use. When pure starch is taken out of food, it is a white powder. Corn, wheat, and rice are some foods that have starch in them.
Meats do not contain any starch, but potatoes do.
definition 2: a substance used to make clothing or other material stiff.
She sprayed starch on the shirt before she ironed it.
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derivations: starchless (adj.), starchlike (adj.)
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