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arrowroot

[ar-oh-root, -roo t] /ˈær oʊˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
a tropical American plant, Maranta arundinacea, the rhizomes of which yield a nutritious starch.
2.
the starch itself.
3.
any of several other plants yielding a similar starch.
4.
the starch of these plants, used in cooking as a binder or thickener.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; so called from use of its root in treatment of wounds made by poisoned arrows
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arrowroot

/ˈærəʊˌruːt/
noun
1.
a white-flowered West Indian plant, Maranta arundinacea, whose rhizomes yield an easily digestible starch: family Marantaceae
2.
the starch obtained from this plant
3.
any of several other plants whose rhizomes or roots yield starch
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