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[kawrn-stahrch] /ˈkɔrnˌstɑrtʃ/
a starch or a starchy flour made from corn and used for thickening gravies and sauces, making puddings, etc.
Also called, especially British, corn flour.
Origin of cornstarch
1850-55, Americanism; corn1 + starch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Corn is also used to produce sweeteners such as corn syrup and cornstarch.
  • In a bowl combine the cornstarch, flour, and baking powder.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture too, and cook until it thickens, about a minute or two.
  • Replacing plastics will be an entire family of biopolymers made from cornstarch.
  • Once dry, sprinkle cornstarch or powder to absorb excess moisture.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry.
  • In small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch until well blended.
  • Whisk the eggs with the cornstarch and add to the pan.
  • Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy medium saucepan.
  • In a small bowl stir together cornstarch and lemon juice.
British Dictionary definitions for cornstarch


(US & Canadian) a fine starchy maize flour, used esp for thickening sauces Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cornflour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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