from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made from, rich in, or consisting of starch.
  • adj. Having a mealy or powdery texture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made from, or rich in, starch or flour.
  • adj. Having a floury texture; grainy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting or made of meal or flour.
  • adj. Yielding farina or flour.
  • adj. Like meal; mealy; pertaining to meal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting or made of meal or flour: as, a farinaceous diet, which consists of articles prepared from the meal or flour of the various species of corn or grain.
  • Containing starch: as, farinaceous seeds.
  • Pertaining to meal; of the nature of meal; mealy: as, a farinaceous taste or quality.
  • Having a mealy appearance; covered with or as if with meal; characterized by something resembling meal: applied in pathology to certain eruptions in which the epidermis exfoliates in fine scales resembling farina.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
  • adj. resembling starch


Latin farīnāceus, mealy, from farīna, farina; see farina.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin farinaceus. (Wiktionary)



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