LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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Starch is a "a naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n,
found chiefly in the seeds, fruits, tubers, roots, and stem pith of
plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice, and varying widely
in appearance according to source
but commonly prepared as a white amorphous tasteless powder".
This substance is frequently "used to stiffen cloth, as in laundering".
The verb to starch, therefore, means "to stiffen with starch", mainly used when talking about clothes.
To de-starch the shirt would be the opposite of making the cloth stiff. I guess it could be translated as amolecer a camisa or something similar (because of the child's sweet face).
All the quotes were taken from Dictionary.com.
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