• (RP) IPA: /kɑːbəʊˈhaɪdɹeɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /kɑːɹboʊˈhaɪdɹeɪt/

carbohydrate (plural carbohydrates)

  1. (organic chemistry, nutrition) A sugar, starch, or cellulose that is a food source of energy for an animal or plant.
    Synonyms: carb, saccharide, Thesaurus:carbohydrate
    These microbes are primarily responsible for breaking down cellulose and other carbohydrates into volatile fatty acids (VFAs).
  2. (colloquial, by extension, metonym) Any food rich in starch or other carbohydrates.
    I'm cutting down on carbohydrates like bread and pasta.

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