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 (blănch) also blench (blĕnch)
v. blanched, blanch·ing, blanch·es also blenched or blench·ing or blench·es
1. To take the color from; bleach.
2. To whiten (a growing plant or plant part) by covering to cut off direct light.
3. To whiten (a metal) by soaking in acid or by coating with tin.
a. To scald (almonds, for example) in order to loosen the skin.
b. To scald (food) briefly, as before freezing or as a preliminary stage in preparing a dish.
5. To cause to turn white or become pale.
To turn white or become pale: Their faces blanched in terror.

[Middle English blaunchen, to make white, from Old French blanchir, from blanche, feminine of blanc, white, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

blanch′er n.
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Adj.1.blanched - anemic looking from illness or emotionblanched - anemic looking from illness or emotion; "a face turned ashen"; "the invalid's blanched cheeks"; "tried to speak with bloodless lips"; "a face livid with shock"; "lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley; "lips white with terror"; "a face white with rage"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
2.blanched - (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of lightblanched - (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery"
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
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References in classic literature ?
Lucille read it, and her face blanched. "I thank you for your invitation, but I fear that it would not be good for my health.
Adam's young bride was proud of her man, but she blanched at the thought of the ghastly White Worm.
How the stigma stands out red as blood upon his blanched cheek!
And then he drew back with a cry, and a blanched face.
For men whose lips are blanched and white, With aching wounds and torturing thirst, What charm in canvas shot with light, And pale with faces cleft and curst, Past life and life's delight?
Whilst Cornelius, debating this point within himself, was building all sorts of castles in the air, and was struggling between hope and fear, the shutter of the grating in the door opened, and Rosa, beaming with joy, and beautiful in her pretty national costume -- but still more beautiful from the grief which for the last five months had blanched her cheeks -- pressed her little face against the wire grating of the window, saying to him, --
Anne, her pale face blanched with its baptism of pain, her eyes aglow with the holy passion of motherhood, did not need to be told to think of her baby.
She let me hold it for a moment, and I saw a flash of ecstatic brilliance in her eye, a glow of glad excitement on her face - I thought my hour of victory was come - but instantly a painful recollection seemed to flash upon her; a cloud of anguish darkened her brow, a marble paleness blanched her cheek and lip; there seemed a moment of inward conflict, and, with a sudden effort, she withdrew her hand, and retreated a step or two back.
"It were better for you, John Ferrier," he thundered, "that you and she were now lying blanched skeletons upon the Sierra Blanco, than that you should put your weak wills against the orders of the Holy Four!"
She turned white, and this made me ask myself if I had blanched as much.
? Ingredients Serves 4 For the mutton: 1kg organic mutton shoulder, boned and rolled 1 litre chicken stock 100ml white wine For the aromatics: 1 carrot, roughly chopped 1 celery stick, roughly chopped 1 leek, roughly chopped 1/2 bulb of garlic Bay leaf Small bunch of thyme For the salsa verde: 50g each of fresh parsley, mint, basil and oregano 100ml olive oil 25g capers 4 salted anchovies 1 clove of garlic 1/2 lemon, juice only Dash of red wine vinegar For the garnish: 4 violet artichokes, tough outer leaves removed and stalk peeled Sunflower oil, for deep-frying 4 baby carrots, sliced and blanched for 1 minute in boiling salted water 4 baby courgettes, sliced and blanched for 1 minute in boiling salted water Pea shoots
In an extensive study carried out by Adelsberg and Sanders, medium commercial size, runner peanuts were blanched in an airflow direction controlled lab scale conventional hot air oven.