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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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Examples from the web for arrowroot
  • In sauces, arrowroot seems to work more slowly to thicken than cornstarch.
  • Novices might not know arrowroot is a common thickener, and that it risks creating an unappealing gumminess to sauces.
  • We are planting arrowroot along our house so the rainwater that comes off the roof isn't wasted.
  • The starch of the root is referred to as arrowroot, another useful ingredient in cooking.
British Dictionary definitions for arrowroot

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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Word Origin and History for arrowroot
n.

1690s, from arrow + root (n.). So called because it was used to absorb toxins from poison-dart wounds.

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