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leavening

[lev-uh-ning] /ˈlɛv ə nɪŋ/
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
1600-1610
1600-10; leaven + -ing1
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