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starch British & World English

An odourless, tasteless white substance occurring widely in plant tissue and obtained chiefly from cereals and potatoes. It is a polysaccharide which functions as a carbohydrate store and is an important constituent of the human diet

modified starch British & World English

Starch which has been altered in composition or structure by chemical or heat treatment in order to change its physical properties, used chiefly as a food additive.

starch-reduced British & World English

(Of food) containing less than the normal proportion of starch

take the starch out of British & World English

Deflate or humiliate (someone)