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 for whitener
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whitener \Whit"en*er\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, whitens; a bleaching agent; a
        bleach; a bleacher; a blancher; a whitewasher.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A chemical used as an adjunct to laundering white cloth,
        which makes white cloth appear whiter. A bluing agent.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  whitener
      n 1: an agent that makes things white or colorless [syn:
           bleaching agent, bleach, blanching agent, whitener]

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