Leavening Agent

leavening

[lev-uh-ning]
noun
1.
Also called leavening agent. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or batter; leaven.
2.
the act or process of causing to ferment by leaven.
3.
leaven ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1600–10; leaven + -ing1

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leaven
mid-14c., from O.Fr. levain (12c.), from L. levamen "alleviation, mitigation," but used in V.L. in its literal sense of "a means of lifting, something that raises," from levare "to raise" (see lever). The verb is attested from early 15c.
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leavening agent

substance causing expansion of doughs and batters by the release of gases within such mixtures, producing baked products with porous structure. Such agents include air, steam, yeast, baking powder, and baking soda.

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