blanch

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verb \ˈblanch\

Definition of blanch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to take the color out of Age had blanched his hair.: such asa cooking :  to scald or parboil in water or steam in order to remove the skin from, whiten, or stop enzymatic action in (such as food for freezing) blanch the asparagus in salted boiling waterb :  to bleach by excluding light blanch the leaves of a plantc :  to make ashen or pale fear blanches the cheek

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become white or pale

blancher

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Examples of blanch in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of blanch

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


First Known Use: 14th century


BLANCH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of blanch for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


BLANCH Defined for Kids

blanch

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verb \ˈblanch\

Definition of blanch for Students

blanched

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blanching

  1. 1 :  1bleach, whiten

  2. 2 :  to scald so as to remove the skin from Blanch the tomatoes.

  3. 3 :  to turn pale Sickened by the news, I blanched and turned away.



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