blanch

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verb \ˈblanch\

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

blancher

noun

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.

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

blanch

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verb \ˈblanch\

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

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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