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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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  • Thicken soup with one teaspoon each flour and cornstarch mixed smooth with little water.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
  • This pudding may also be made with a meringue the same as cornstarch Meringue.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • If cornstarch be used, a scant instead of a full tablespoonful will be required.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • cornstarch is the starchy portion only removed from the grain of corn.

  • Pour the cornstarch over it, and serve hot or cold with cream.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • cornstarch pudding is an old favorite, too, either hot or cold.

    Cookery for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
  • Add this to the cornstarch mixture, and allow the whole to boil up once, stirring constantly; then take from the fire.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Mix and sift the cornstarch and sugar and add to the scalded milk.

    Quantity Cookery Lenore Richards
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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