arrowroot

noun
ar·row·root | \ -ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t \

Definition of arrowroot 

1a : 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 (such as coontie) that yield starch

2 : starch yielded by an arrowroot

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While the duck is roasting, combine the arrowroot or cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of the port or madeira, and set aside. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 The combinations of coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, baking soda and arrowroot powder are mixed with essential oils and poured into plastic deodorant tubes. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This natural deodorant made on a Wisconsin family farm sells for $7 a stick at Whole Foods," 19 June 2018 An infamous example is the arrowroot starch derived from the native coontie, later banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Some of South Florida's most popular plants may be toxic to pets," 14 June 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cacao powder, and arrowroot powder. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "How to Make Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined-Sugar-Free Desserts That Actually Taste Good," 20 Apr. 2018 The stick glides owing to the organic arrowroot powder and beeswax (locally harvested, of course). Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Heading to Coachella? Here are some packing tips," 7 Apr. 2018 The extracted starch from cassava goes into products like tapioca and arrowroot. Laura Scholz, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Should Know About Cassava Flour, the Allergy-Friendly Starch That's Taking Over," 28 Mar. 2018 In a bowl, mix the sugar together with the spices, salt and arrowroot. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "A Year of Pie: In Her New Taartwork Cookbook, Brittany Bennett Shares Recipes for Each Season," 6 Mar. 2018 This one is an all-natural and surprisingly simple blend of four starches — arrowroot and rice powder, kaolin clay, and baking soda — plus two essential oils (rose geranium and palmarosaa) for a light, blossomy scent. Emily Barth Isler, Allure, "13 Amazing Hair-Care Products From Natural Beauty Brands," 10 Jan. 2018

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1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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arrowroot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of arrowroot

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

arrowroot

noun
ar·row·root | \ ˈer-ō-ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t \

Kids Definition of arrowroot

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

arrowroot

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

Medical Definition of arrowroot 

1a : 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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