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

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

Examples of arrowroot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In large mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients (almond flour, arrowroot, salt, garlic powder and baking soda). Lauren Joskowitz, USA TODAY, "How to make Red Lobster's cheddar biscuits at home," 1 Nov. 2019 Some people want to know how folks in the Middle Ages brushed their teeth; others want to know how to extract starch from tubers like sweet potatoes and arrowroot or how to restore a coffee percolator, an old radio, or a pair of leather shoes. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 Add 1 tsp of milk to a small bowl and mix with arrowroot. Fox News, "Rocco DiSpirito's Mother's Day Recipes," 8 May 2015 In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Everyone can celebrate July 4 with gluten-free, vegan cupcakes," 26 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of arrowroot

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Arrowroot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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