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arrowroot

noun ar·row·root \-ˌrüt, -ˌrt\

: a powdery substance that is made from the root of a tropical plant and that is used in cooking to make liquids thicker

Full Definition of ARROWROOT

1
a :  any of a genus (Maranta of the family Marantaceae, the arrowroot family) of tropical American plants with tuberous roots; especially :  one (M. arundinacea) whose roots yield an easily digested edible starch
b :  any of several plants (as coontie) that yield starch
2
:  starch yielded by an arrowroot
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First Known Use of ARROWROOT

1696
ARROWROOT Defined for Kids

arrowroot

noun ar·row·root \ˈer-ō-ˌrüt, -ˌrt\

Definition of ARROWROOT for Kids

:  an edible starch obtained from the roots of a tropical plant
Medical Dictionary

arrowroot

noun ar·row·root \ˈar-ō-ˌrüt, ˈar-ə-, -ˌrt\

Medical Definition of ARROWROOT

1
a :  any plant of the genus Maranta; especially :  one (M. arundinacea) whose roots yield an easily digested edible starch b :  any of several plants (as of the genera Zamia and Curcuma) that yield a similar starch
2
:  starch yielded by an arrowroot
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