Indian arrowroot


Definition of Indian arrowroot

1a : a tropical American arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea)
b : starch from this arrowroot

called also West Indian arrowroot

2 [Indian entry 2 1]
a : a stemless perennial herb (Tacca leontopetaloides) widely cultivated in the tropics for its starchy tuberous rootstock
b : starch from this plant

called also East Indian arrowroot

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Indian arrowroot

Indian entry 2 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Indian arrowroot

Statistics for Indian arrowroot

Cite this Entry

“Indian arrowroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Comments on Indian arrowroot

What made you want to look up Indian arrowroot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!