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 Just toss defrosted berries with a little lemon juice and cornstarch for the base of this easy crisp. Washington Post, "With frozen summer fruit, you can relive sweet, sunny days in these 8 recipes," 20 Jan. 2020 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, rice flour, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "From MSG Scare to MVP Status: How We Learned to Love Umami," 30 Jan. 2020 Today, these materials can be made from many renewable resources: cornstarch, beet sugar, kiwi skins, shrimp shells, wood pulp, even mangos and seaweed. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 The meat to be shipped is encased in a recyclable box and a foam cooler made from water-soluable cornstarch, which can be composted or disintegrated when mixed with water. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Perdue Farms' new meat-packing foam dissolves in your sink," 7 Jan. 2020 In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 3/4 cup/150 grams sugar, the egg yolks, the cornstarch, the salt and the vanilla, if using, until the mixture is lump-free and pale in color. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Desserts that bring the party, but not the fuss," 21 Dec. 2019 In a large bowl, whisk together flours, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and xantham gum. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Evan Rachel Wood’s Gluten-Free Shortbread," 21 Nov. 2019 In a bowl, whisk together water, orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, brown sugar, vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, garlic, and ginger paste; set aside. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Beef: Here's why it's leaner than ever and a source for several nutrients," 2 Nov. 2019 Their contents include toothbrushes created from cornstarch, bamboo fiber socks, organic cotton eye masks, and a range of all-natural skincare products from island brand Heiva, including face and hand creams and lip balm. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "Seven Stylish Airline Amenity Kits That Are Eco-Friendly," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cornstarch

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Cornstarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cornstarch

US : a fine powder made from corn (sense 1) that is used in cooking especially to make liquids thicker


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

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

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