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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.
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I blenched when receiving the latest CD from the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda.
Israel Cohen, the leading Zionist historian of the day who was present at this meeting, has written that Jabotinsky's denunciation had such a crushing effect on Weizmann that "he blenched and seemed to slump in his chair.
The dark was deep as Stygian nights await: Warm color had not yet begun to flow Upon lands blenched by winter, war and woe, And time's tides seemed forever turned too late.