corn·starch | \ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch \

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.

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Camp method: Put all the fruit in a large Ziploc with sugar and cornstarch/flour/tapioca. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Choose-your-own-adventure rhubarb crisp," 5 July 2018 In large bowl, beat 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch together on low until creamed, about 3 minutes. Ann Maloney,, "Grab a cookbook and join chef Kevin Belton in his new TV show," 3 Apr. 2018 Toss the peaches and blueberries with the cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice, salt and thyme leaves. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018 The use of cornstarch, though cheap and simple, has improved the prognosis for people with GSD. Stephen Singer,, "FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Clinical Trial For Rare Disease," 26 Apr. 2018 Using tongs, dip each thigh in egg white, then transfer to cornstarch mixture. Tara Massouleh,, "Put these colorful acai bowls on your food bucket list," 4 Apr. 2018 Combine flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder in large bowl. Ann Maloney,, "How to make Whole Food's Berry Chantilly Cake at home," 27 Mar. 2018 In a small pan on medium heat: dissolve sugar, water and cornstarch. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Choose-your-own-adventure rhubarb crisp," 5 July 2018 The custard is your straightforward mixture of eggs, whole milk, sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "This Fruit Tart Is Going Through Its Blue Period, Like Picasso," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of cornstarch

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cornstarch

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


corn·starch | \ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch \

Kids Definition of cornstarch

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

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