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Definition of blanch:

  1. Fig.: To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to whitewash; to palliate.
  2. Ore, not in masses, but mixed with other minerals.
  3. To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed.
  4. To bleach by excluding the light, as the stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying them together.
  5. To cause to turn aside or back; as, to blanch a deer.
  6. To cover ( sheet iron) with a coating of tin.
  7. To give a white luster to ( silver, before stamping, in the process of coining.).
  8. To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear; the rose blanches in the sun.
  9. To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding; as, to blanch almonds.
  10. To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as, to blanch linen; age has blanched his hair.
  11. To use evasion.
  12. 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.


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