Definition of farinaceous in US English:



  • Consisting of or containing starch.

    ‘farinaceous foods’
    • ‘Dropped dumplings are usually made using a protein or farinaceous mixture that is fortified and lightened.’
    • ‘The Japanese cook their noodles thoroughly, but these had taken on the white edge farinaceous food gets when left sitting in liquid for a long time.’
    • ‘But slaves were given only 4-6 qt of farinaceous food weekly if their provision grounds proved unproductive.’
    • ‘This root, being dug up and roasted in hot ashes, yields a great quantity of a mealy, farinaceous powder interspersed among the fibres; it is of an agreeable flavour, wholesome, and satisfying to the appetite.’
    • ‘The Jamaican may retain his farinaceous banana and the Malay his durian, but for us, it's the apple.’


Mid 17th century: from late Latin farinaceus, from farina.