"starches" in the noun sense
1. starch, amylum
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
a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering
"starches" in the verb sense
stiffen with starch
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