Origin: [Cf. F. amidine, fr. amido starch, fr. L. amylum, Gr. fine meal, neut. of not ground at the mill, -- hence, of the finest meal; 'a priv. + , , mill. See Meal.] The origin is given in the Webster dictionary.
- (chemistry) Starch modified by heat so as to become a transparent mass, like horn. It is soluble in cold water.
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