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maizena, noun

Forms:
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.]
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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