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.

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Dredge the fiddleheads in the remaining ¼ cup of cornstarch and shake off the excess. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Fiddlehead Tempura With Sriracha Creme Fraiche," 18 May 2018 Taste to ensure the mixture no longer has the taste of cornstarch and has no white color remaining. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Five finalists vie for 'Best Cupcake Ever' in contest to support literacy," 22 Apr. 2018 The ingredients include 45 bushels of apples, 300 pounds of pastry flour, 150 pounds of sugar and 75 pounds of cornstarch. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Larger-Than-Life Thanksgiving Staples," 16 Nov. 2010 Made with semolina wheat, durum wheat, whole durum wheat flour, and cornstarch, a 2-ounce serving (about 1 cup cooked) has six grams of fiber. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Rev up pasta salad season with one packed with nutrients," 10 June 2018 Whisk remaining ¼ cup flour and ¼ cup cornstarch in another medium bowl. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Fried Fish Sandwiches with Cucumbers and Tartar Sauce," 28 May 2018 Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Anna Helm And Gabriella Vigoreaux, Country Living, "Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake," 22 May 2018 Note: If using all-purpose flour in biscuits, use 1 ¾ unbleached all-purpose flour and ¼ cup cornstarch. Jan Uebelherr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 for summer: Master these seasonal staples for those sunny days ahead," 15 May 2018 Instead of being chucked in the fryer naked, Korean fried chicken wings are first tossed in dry batter (common options include all-purpose flour, rice flour, cornstarch or potato starch). Nick Kindelsperger,, "Forget Buffalo wings — Korean fried chicken is better," 22 Mar. 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

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) \

Kids Definition of cornstarch

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

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