blanch

To blanch is to turn pale, usually as the result of a physical or psychological shock. Nineteenth century literary heroines were frequently blanching — before they fainted, that is.

Blanch has also taken on the more general meaning of to cause shock in general. A government can blanch at following through a particular reform, without the implication that an entire cabinet actually turned white. You can blanch an inanimate object, too, when you deprive it of its natural color. White toilet paper has been blanched by using bleach, for example, though environmentalists blanch at the thought.

Primary Meanings of blanch

1.
v
turn pale, as if in fear
2.
v
cook (vegetables) briefly
Full Definitions of blanch
1

v turn pale, as if in fear

Synonyms:
blench, pale
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner
2

v cook (vegetables) briefly

Synonyms:
parboil
Type of:
cook
transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

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