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flour

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Pronunciation: /ˈflaʊə
 
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Definition of flour in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A powder obtained by grinding grain, typically wheat, and used to make bread, cakes, and pastry.
Example sentences
  • These breads list whole wheat, whole-wheat flour or another whole grain as the first ingredient on the label.
  • If the main ingredient on a multigrain bread is enriched wheat flour, for example, it does not contain whole grain.
  • On January 3, the government discontinued the subsidy on wheat flour, causing flour and bread prices to rise.
1.1Fine, soft powder obtained by grinding the seeds or roots of starchy vegetables: manioc flour
More example sentences
  • Make sure that you add just enough gram flour so that the vegetables stick together.
  • Manioc flour may be used to make a watery porridge which is served as a drink.
  • The Chamorro people make tortillas of flour from seeds of cycads, which carry potent chemicals such as the neurotoxin BMAA.

verb

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1Sprinkle (something, especially a work surface or cooking utensil) with a thin layer of flour.
Example sentences
  • Roll out just over three quarters of the dough on a lightly floured work surface and line the flan tin.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 12 rounds.
2US Grind (grain) into flour.

Origin

Middle English: a specific use of flower in the sense 'the best part', used originally to mean 'the finest quality of ground wheat'. The spelling flower remained in use alongside flour until the early 19th century.

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