thickener

[thik-uh-ner]
noun
1.
something that thickens.
2.
an apparatus for the sedimentation and removal of solids suspended in various liquids.

Origin:
1645–55; thicken + -er1

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thicken (ˈθɪkən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become thick or thicker: thicken the soup by adding flour
2.  (intr) to become more involved: the plot thickened
 
'thickener
 
n

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Example sentences
It is a fat and flour base used as a thickener and flavoring for many recipes.
The chemical is used as a thickener in many processed foods.
Again the usual line-up of seasonings okra the thickener.
To keep these juices from turning the pie into a soup as it bakes, a thickener
  is added.
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