Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fine meal prepared from cereal grain and various other plant products, often used as a cooked cereal or in pudding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In a general sense, meal or flour. Specifically
  • noun A soft, tasteless, and commonly white flour, obtained by trituration of the seeds of cereal and leguminous plants, and of some roots, as the potato. It consists of gluten, starch, and mucilage.
  • noun A preparation of white maize in granular form, coarser than meal, but finer than hominy. It is used for puddings, etc.
  • noun In botany, the pollen of flowers.
  • noun In entomology, a mealy powder found on some insects. See farinose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A fine flour or meal made from cereal grains or from the starch or fecula of vegetables, extracted by various processes, and used in cookery.
  • noun (Bot.), rare Pollen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fine flour or meal made from cereal grains or from the starch or fecula of vegetables, extracted by various processes, and used in cookery.

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

  • noun fine meal made from cereal grain especially wheat; often used as a cooked cereal or in puddings

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin farīna, from far, a kind of grain; see bhares- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin farīna ("flour, meal"), from far ("kind of grain").

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