maizena, noun

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Also mazina, and with initial capital.
Origin:
South African EnglishShow more Formed on maize; not originally South African English, but apparently now obsolete elsewhere.
The proprietory name (with initial capital) of a brand of fine maize flour or corn flour; applied loosely to any similar flour, which is used in cooking as a thickener.
[1863 Rep. Juries Exhib. 1862 III.A. 13Maizena or corn starch used for food.]
1867 T. Shone Diary. 2 Aug.Mrs Roberts sent Me. Viz 3 papers Mazina 2lb Sperm Candles.
1890 A.G. Hewitt Cape Cookery 54Rub the baking powder into the flour and maizena, add to the eggs and butter.
1890 A.G. Hewitt Cape Cookery 56Thicken the sauce with a little maizena.
1891 H.J. Duckitt Hilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 193Set the milk to boil..keeping half a cup to mix with the maizena and butter and the yolks of the eggs. When the milk boils pour in the maizena, etc.; stir till quite done, which can be told by the maizena coming off from the bottom of the saucepan.
1913 A. Glossop Barnes’s S. Afr. Hsehold Guide 76If, when ready, the curry needs thickening, mix into a smooth paste a little maizena or flour, and stir into it.
1918 D.S.G. Bk of Recipes (3rd ed.) 78Maizena Cake.
1928 J.W.N. Moller What Every Hsewife Should Know 5Make a paste by using 2 tablespoonfuls (level measure) maizena and ½ pint water.
1950 H. Gerber Cape Cookery 62Thicken the soup with a little maizena dissolved in water, and a lump of fresh butter.
1970 A. Theron More S. Afr. Deep Freezing 173Maizena, This is a brand name for only one of several makes of corn flour. But I have never heard any South African speak of corn flour — its always Maizena.
1973 Weekend Post 27 Oct. (Parade) 7Mix the maizena, salt and lemon juice. Then add the orange juice and stir over boiling water until mixture thickens.
1977 The 1820 Vol.50 No.12, 15You have probably searched in the supermarket for items which are marketed in this country under a different name, and certainly you have heard unfamiliar sounding names for foods — e.g. maizena which is cornflour and frikkadel which is rissole, etc.
1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 74He was like an extra juvenile member of the party. He had to be fed on baby foods and maizena.
The proprietory name (with initial capital) of a brand of fine maize flour or corn flour; applied loosely to any similar flour, which is used in cooking as a thickener.
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