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English Dictionary: blanched by the DICT Development Group
2 results for blanched
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. anemic looking from illness or emotion; "a face turned ashen"; "the invalid's blanched cheeks"; "tried to speak with bloodless lips"; "a face livid with shock"; "lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley; "lips white with terror"; "a face white with rage"
    Synonym(s): ashen, blanched, bloodless, livid, white
  2. (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery"
    Synonym(s): etiolate, etiolated, blanched
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Blanch \Blanch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Blanching}.] [OE. blanchen, blaunchen, F. blanchir, fr.
      blanc white. See {Blank}, a.]
      1. To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as,
            to blanch linen; age has blanched his hair.
      2. (Gardening) To bleach by excluding the light, as the
            stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying
            them together.
      3. (Confectionery & Cookery)
            (a) To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding;
                  as, to blanch almonds.
            (b) To whiten, as the surface of meat, by plunging into
                  boiling water and afterwards into cold, so as to
                  harden the surface and retain the juices.
      4. To give a white luster to (silver, before stamping, in the
            process of coining.).
      5. To cover (sheet iron) with a coating of tin.
      6. Fig.: To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to
            whitewash; to palliate.
                     Blanch over the blackest and most absurd things.
      Syn: To {Blanch}, {Whiten}.
      Usage: To whiten is the generic term, denoting, to render
                  white; as, to whiten the walls of a room. Usually
                  (though not of necessity) this is supposed to be done
                  by placing some white coloring matter in or upon the
                  surface of the object in question. To blanch is to
                  whiten by the removal of coloring matter; as, to
                  blanch linen. So the cheek is blanched by fear, i. e.,
                  by the withdrawal of the blood, which leaves it white.
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