noun Grain or malt that is ground or crushed before being steeped in hot water. Mash is used in brewing beer and in the fermentation of whiskey. Adding a portion of the old mash to help ferment each new batch in the same way as a portion of Sourdough Starter is the genesis of each new batch of sourdough bread makes sour mash.

verb To crush a food (such as cooked potatoes) into a smooth, evenly textured mixture.

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