[ar-oh-root, -roo t]
- a tropical American plant, Maranta arundinacea, the rhizomes of which yield a nutritious starch.
- the starch itself.
- any of several other plants yielding a similar starch.
- the starch of these plants, used in cooking as a binder or thickener.
Origin of arrowroot
First recorded in 1690–1700; so called from use of its root in treatment of wounds made by poisoned arrows
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Examples from the Web for arrowroot
When it thickens, add the arrowroot, also mixed smoothly with milk.The Skilful Cook
She was taking him the arrowroot which I had ordered over-night.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Please send some fever medicine, by the bearer, and some arrowroot.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
The flour grated from the mass should be used the same as arrowroot or rice.'The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
The best hats are made of the stalks of the arrowroot plant.The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson
Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
- a white-flowered West Indian plant, Maranta arundinacea, whose rhizomes yield an easily digestible starch: family Marantaceae
- the starch obtained from this plant
- any of several other plants whose rhizomes or roots yield starch
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Word Origin and History for arrowroot
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