ar·​row·​root | \ -ˌrüt How to pronounce arrowroot (audio) , -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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Whisk together 1 cup (200 grams) of the granulated sugar, the arrowroot powder or cornstarch and the salt in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish (preferably ceramic, but metal or glass work as well). Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "Just one bowl to wash: How to simplify your baking, and cleanup," 10 June 2019 While these chefs make their own noodles, good arrowroot, sweet-potato-starch or buckwheat noodles can be found in any Asian supermarket. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 Add the arrowroot mixture and whisk until thickened, about 30 seconds. Fox News, "Rocco DiSpirito's Mother's Day Recipes," 8 May 2015 Add the rest of the stock, beat in the arrowroot mixture, and stir in the orange peel. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of arrowroot

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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


ar·​row·​root | \ ˈer-ō-ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t\

Kids Definition of arrowroot

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


ar·​row·​root | \ ˈar-ō-ˌrüt, ˈar-ə-, -ˌru̇t How to pronounce arrowroot (audio) \

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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