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blanch / blanch/ • v. 1. [tr.] make white or pale by extracting color; bleach: the cold light blanched her face. ∎  [tr.] whiten (a plant) by depriving it of light: blanch endive by covering plants with large flowerpots. ∎  [intr.] fig. (of a person) grow pale from shock, fear, or a similar emotion: many people blanch at the suggestion. 2. [tr.] prepare (vegetables) for freezing or further cooking by immersing briefly in boiling water. [as adj.] (blanched) blanched almonds.

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blanch •Romansh •blanch, Blanche, branch, ranch, tranche •avalanche •backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, stench, tench, trench, wench, wrench •crossbench • workbench •cinch, clinch, finch, flinch, inch, lynch, Minch, pinch, squinch, winch •chaffinch • greenfinch • hawfinch •goldfinch • bullfinch •carte blanche, conch •graunch, haunch, launch, paunch, raunch, staunch •brunch, bunch, crunch, hunch, lunch, munch, punch, scrunch •honeybunch • keypunch

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blanch XIV. — (O)F. blanchir, f. blanc, fem. blanche white, BLANK.

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