farinaceous

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

\Far`i*na"ceous\

Etymology[edit]

From Latin farinaceus.

Adjective[edit]

farinaceous (comparative more farinaceous, superlative most farinaceous)

  1. Made from, or rich in, starch or flour.
    • 1870, Eustace Smith, On the Wasting Diseases of infants and children, Henry C. Lea (publisher), page 28:
      The very fact that the secretion of saliva in the young child does not become established until the third month after birth, seems to indicate that before that age farinaceous articles of diet are unsuited to the infant, as saliva is one of the most potent agents in the digestion of starchy foods.
  2. Having a floury texture; grainy.
    • 2007 May 22, Victoria Summerley, “It does us good to get our hands dirty”, in The Independent Online:
      In the Great Pavilion, the nurserymen and women have been employing their dark arts, too; coaxing agapanthus into bloom two months early, cosseting iris with wads of strategically placed cotton wool or touching up the farinaceous, fan-shaped fronds of a Bismarck palm with face powder.

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