|1.||a powder, which may be either fine or coarse, prepared by sifting and grinding the meal of a grass, esp wheat|
|2.||any finely powdered substance|
|3.||(tr) to make (grain) into flour|
|4.||(tr) to dredge or sprinkle (food or cooking utensils) with flour|
|5.||(of mercury) to break into fine particles on the surface of a metal rather than amalgamating, or to produce such an effect on (a metal). The effect is caused by impurities, esp sulphur|
|[C13 flur finer portion of meal, |
Grain reduced to the form of meal is spoken of in the time of Abraham (Gen. 18:6). As baking was a daily necessity, grain was also ground daily at the mills (Jer. 25:10). The flour mingled with water was kneaded in kneading-troughs, and sometimes leaven (Ex. 12:34) was added and sometimes omitted (Gen. 19:3). The dough was then formed into thin cakes nine or ten inches in diameter and baked in the oven. Fine flour was offered by the poor as a sin-offering (Lev. 5:11-13), and also in connection with other sacrifices (Num. 15:3-12; 28:7-29).