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blanch

 [blanch]
to become pale.

blanch

[blanch, blänch]
Etymology: Fr, blanchir, to become white
1 to cause to become pale, as a nailbed may be blanched by using digital pressure.
2 to press blood away and wait for return, such as blanching of fingernails and return of blood.
3 to become white or pale, as from vasoconstriction accompanying fear or anger.

blanch

(blanch)
1. To become white or pale, as skin or mucous membrane affected by vasoconstriction.
2. To whiten or bleach a surface or substance.
[O.Fr. blanchir, fr. blanc, white]

blanch

to become pale.
References in classic literature ?
Blanche was extremely good-looking, I may or may not be understood when I say that she had one of those faces which one is afraid of.
Once I saw that his eyes were fixed on Blanche Stroeve, and there was in them a curious irony.
Blanche was going to India, to be governess in the household of a Judge, under care of the Judge's wife.