corn·​starch | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch How to pronounce cornstarch (audio) \

Definition of cornstarch

: starch made from corn and used in foods as a thickening agent, in making corn syrup and sugars, and in the manufacture of adhesives and sizes for paper and textiles

Examples of cornstarch in a Sentence

I used some cornstarch to thicken the gravy.
Recent Examples on the Web In small bowl whisk together egg yolks and cornstarch. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 In 2013, when news broke that 90% of the mifen produced in Hsinchu was mostly made of cornstarch instead of rice -- to cut costs and to increase the noodles' firmness -- locals were enraged, new regulations were passed and products were renamed. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Make a slurry by mixing the cornstarch with ⅓ c. water in a small bowl, then add the slurry to the pot. Cuong Pham, Robb Report, 28 Jan. 2022 Mix the cornstarch with 2-3 tablespoons of water to create a cloudy, thick slurry. Deena Shanker, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2021 This frozen treat makes the most of coconut milk, cornstarch and agave for a lovely, smooth texture. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Add cornstarch slurry to the pan and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2021 Place back on heat, bring to a boil and add cornstarch slurry. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, egg yolk, egg, cornstarch and malted milk powder together until the mixture is pale, about 1 minute. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cornstarch

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Cornstarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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corn·​starch | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch How to pronounce cornstarch (audio) \

Kids Definition of cornstarch

: a fine powder made from corn and used to thicken foods when cooking

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