One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sweet opaque gelatinous dessert made with flavoured cornflour and milk.‘a good old-fashioned blancmange’mass noun ‘a double helping of pink blancmange’
- ‘I had a sudden appetite for jelly and blancmange, you see.’
- ‘There was also banana jelly, iced buns and blancmange.’
- ‘That strange but unmistakable tang lingers over the domestic science block for a whole afternoon whenever first years try to make blancmange.’
- ‘May I have some more of the pink blancmange please?’
- ‘It was the day of her wedding and she had been shaking like a blancmange since the moment she woke up.’
Late Middle English blancmanger: from Old French blanc mangier, from blanc ‘white’ + mangier ‘eat’ (used as a noun to mean ‘food’). The shortened form without -er arose in the 18th century.
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