flour (flouər, flour)
1. A fine, powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a grain, especially wheat, used chiefly in baking.
2. Any of various similar finely ground or powdered foodstuffs, as of cassava, chickpeas, or bananas.
3. A soft, fine powder.
tr.v. floured, flour·ing, flours
1. To cover or coat with flour.
2. To make into flour.
[Middle English, flower, best of anything, flour; see FLOWER.]
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