from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Starch.

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  • n. starch

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Starch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles


Latin, from Greek amulon, starch, from neuter of amulos, not ground at a mill : a-, not; see a-1 + mulē, mill; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amylum, from Ancient Greek ἄμυλον (amylon), from ἀ- (privative-) +‎ μύλη (mulē, “mill”). (Wiktionary)



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