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blanch

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verb \ˈblanch\

Simple Definition of blanch

  • : to put (food items) in boiling water or steam for a short time

  • : to suddenly have less color in your face because you are afraid, embarrassed, etc.

Full Definition of blanch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to take the color out of: as

  3. a :  to scald or parboil in water or steam in order to remove the skin from, whiten, or stop enzymatic action in (as food for freezing)

  4. b :  to bleach by excluding light

  5. c :  to make ashen or pale <fear blanches the cheek>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become white or pale

blanch·er noun

Examples of blanch

  1. Blanch the potatoes before slicing them.

  2. a cup of blanched almonds

  3. She blanched and remained silent when the store owner accused her of taking the money.



Origin of blanch

Middle English blaunchen, from Anglo-French blanchir, from blanc, adjective, white — more at blank


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with blanch



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